Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 3 September, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Sri Lanka's ambassador Renuka Damayanthie Rajapakse, Rwanda's ambassador Christine Nkulikiyinka, the Netherlands' ambassador Goverdina Christina Coppoolse and Denmark's ambassador Ove Ullerup.

Sri Lanka's ambassador Renuka Damayanthie Rajapakse with her retinue and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alani. Photo: royalcourt.se

Sri Lanka's ambassador Renuka Damayanthie Rajapakse with her retinue and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alani. Photo: royalcourt.se

At the ceremony, the ambassadors submit their credentials – a document from their head of state – to The King, who then grants 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.

The Netherlands' ambassador Goverdina Christina Coppoolse in the Karl XV Parade Coupé. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Netherlands' ambassador Goverdina Christina Coppoolse in the Karl XV Parade Coupé. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Royal Stables' horse and carriage en route to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

The Royal Stables' horse and carriage en route to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se