The King receives foreign ambassadors at adapted audiences

The King receives El Salvador's ambassador.

The King receives El Salvador's ambassador. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Thursday 5 November, The King received four new ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace. Due to the pandemic, the ceremonies were held on a smaller scale and were adapted in line with the current situation.

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 Phan Dang Duong from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Ambassador Patricia Nathaly Godínez Aguillón from the Republic of El Salvador
  • Ambassador Hannes Heimisson from the Republic of Iceland
  • Ambassador Bengt van Loosdrecht from the Kingdom of the Netherlands
The King receives Vietnam's ambassador.

The King receives Vietnam's ambassador. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the Dutch ambassador's audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, which he received during The King and Queen's state visit to the Netherlands in 1976.

During the Dutch ambassador's audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of the Netherlands Lion, which he received during The King and Queen's state visit to the Netherlands in 1976. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the Icelandic ambassador's audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon, which he received as Crown Prince in 1966.

During the Icelandic ambassador's audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of the Falcon, which he received as Crown Prince in 1966. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

The ceremonies were adapted in line with the current situation.

The ceremonies were adapted in line with the current situation. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden