The King holds formal audiences for new ambassadors

On Wednesday 24 October, four new foreign ambassadors submitted their credentials to The King during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The foreign envoys received by The King during the formal audiences were:

  • Ambassador Virgjil Kule from Albania
  • Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki from Japan
  • Ambassador Andrew Jenks from New Zealand
  • Ambassador Sheikha Moza bint Nasser bin Ahmad Ali Al-Thani from Qatar
Kungen och ambassadör Virgjil Kule från Albanien.

The King and Ambassador Virgjil Kule from Albania. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King and Ambassador Shigeyuki Hiroki from Japan. During the audience, The King wore the Japanese Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

Kungen och ambassadör Andrew Jenks från Nya Zeeland.

The King and Ambassador Andrew Jenks from New Zealand Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the four audiences, the ambassadors submitted their credentials – a document from their head of state – to The King, who then granted them the formal right to work in Sweden.

Formal audiences follow a traditional ceremony. The ambassador is collected in one of the Royal Stables' carriages from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and is taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The King and the ambassador then talk in private for around fifteen minutes.

Find out more about formal audiences:

• The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducerexternal link, opens in new window

• The Commandant Staffexternal link, opens in new window

• The Royal Stablesexternal link, opens in new window

• The musicexternal link, opens in new window

• The ambassadorexternal link, opens in new window