Formal Audiences

The King welcomes the ambassador of Yemen at a formal audience in 2018.

The King welcomes the ambassador of Yemen at a formal audience in 2018. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/The Royal Court of Sweden

Foreign ambassadors coming to Sweden as a new ambassador for their country have to present their credentials to The King in order to be able to function as ambassador in Sweden.

This occurs at a formal audience at the Royal Palace in Stockholm approximately once a month usually with four new ambassadors per occasion.
 
The ambassadors are transported from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the Royal Palace in former King Karl XV's parade coupe drawn by four horses. Outriders lead the procession, followed by the coupe and its attendants.

The ambassadors arrives with horse and carriage from The Royal Stables.

The ambassadors arrives with horse and carriage from The Royal Stables. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden