The King holds formal audiences for new ambassadors

On Thursday 4 October, four new foreign ambassadors submitted their credentials to The King during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Mohamed Isa Edam Balila from Sudan, Gudrun Graf from Austria, Kena Mphonda from Malawi and Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa from Ghana.

The King arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the formal audiences. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the formal audiences. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The new ambassadors are collected from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by horse and carriage and taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The new ambassadors are collected from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs by horse and carriage and taken to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Sudan's new ambassador Mohamed Isa Edam Balila and his retinue arrive at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Sudan's new ambassador Mohamed Isa Edam Balila and his retinue arrive at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Ghana's ambassador Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa and her retinue outside the East Gate at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Ghana's ambassador Amerley Ollennu Awua-Asamoa and her retinue outside the East Gate at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/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