The King receives foreign ambassadors

Denmark's new envoy to Sweden, Ambassador Vibeke Rovsing Lauritzen, is received by The King during a formal audience. During the audience, The King wore the Order of the Elephant, Denmark's highest ranking honour, which The King received as Crown Prince in 1965. The same order was previously held by The King's father, Heir Apparent Gustaf Adolf.

Denmark's new envoy to Sweden, Ambassador Vibeke Rovsing Lauritzen, is received by The King during a formal audience. During the audience, The King wore the Order of the Elephant, Denmark's highest ranking honour, which The King received as Crown Prince in 1965. The same order was previously held by The King's father, Heir Apparent Gustaf Adolf. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Thursday 7 November, ambassadors from Denmark, the USA, Australia and the Gambia submitted their credentials to The King during formal audiences at the Royal Palace.

Foreign envoys must always submit their credentials to The King before formally starting to work as their nation's ambassador to Sweden.

The foreign ambassadors whom The King received were:

  • Ambassador Vibeke Rovsing Lauritzen, Denmark
  • Ambassador Kenneth Alan Howery, USA
  • Ambassador Bernard Joseph Philip, Australia
  • Ambassador Francis Rene Blain, Gambia
Ambassador Kenneth Alan Howery is received by The King to submit his credentials from the President of the USA.

Ambassador Kenneth Alan Howery is received by The King to submit his credentials from the President of the USA. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King welcomes Australia's ambassador to Sweden.

The King welcomes Australia's ambassador to Sweden. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King receives Ambassador Francis Rene Blain, the Gambia's new envoy to Sweden. The ambassador is concurrently accredited from London.

The King receives Ambassador Francis Rene Blain, the Gambia's new envoy to Sweden. The ambassador is concurrently accredited from London. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of 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. The King and the ambassador then talk in private for around fifteen minutes.

The USA's ambassador arrives at the Royal Palace together with his embassy officials and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Ambassador Bengt Lundborg. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Find out more about formal audiences:

• The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducerexternal link

• 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