The King receives foreign ambassadors at adapted audiences

Ambassador Sara Martins is received at a formal audience. When The King received the Portuguese ambassador, he wore the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint James of the Sword. The King received the order during a state visit to Portugal in 2008.

Ambassador Sara Martins is received at a formal audience. When The King received the Portuguese ambassador, he wore the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint James of the Sword. The King received the order during a state visit to Portugal in 2008. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Monday 9 November, The King received four new ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace.

It is accepted international practice that a new ambassador in a country is given the opportunity to meet the head of state, although the ceremonies vary in different countries. In Sweden, the reception of a foreign envoy follows a traditional ceremony, and is quite unique with its centuries old traditions.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremonies for the audiences were held on a smaller scale and were adapted in line with the current situation.

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

  • Ambassador César Tulio Delgado Blandón from the Republic of Colombia
  • Ambassador Etienne Le Harivel de Gonneville from the Republic of France
  • Ambassador Sara Martins from the Republic of Portugal
  • Ambassador Cristina Latorre Sancho from the Kingdom of Spain
Colombia's ambassador César Tulio Delgado Blandón is received by The King during a formal audience. During the audience, The King wore the Order of the Seraphim.

Colombia's ambassador César Tulio Delgado Blandón is received by The King during a formal audience. During the audience, The King wore the Order of the Seraphim. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Republic of France's ambassador Etienne Le Harivel de Gonneville is welcomed by The King. During the audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour. The Grand Cross was awarded to The King during a state visit to France in 1980.

The Republic of France's ambassador Etienne Le Harivel de Gonneville is welcomed by The King. During the audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour. The Grand Cross was awarded to The King during a state visit to France in 1980. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

Ambassador Cristina Latorre Sancho is received by The King. During the audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III. The King was awarded the order during a state visit to Spain in 1979.

Ambassador Cristina Latorre Sancho is received by The King. During the audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of Charles III. The King was awarded the order during a state visit to Spain in 1979. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden