The King holds formal audiences for new ambassadors

On Wednesday 12 December, four new foreign ambassadors submitted their credentials to The King during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

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

  • Ambassador Ri Won Guk from North Korea
  • Ambassador Nelson Antonio Tabajara de Oliveira from Brazil
  • Ambassador Senadheera Sudantha Ganegama Arachchi from Sri Lanka
  • Ambassador Nabijon Kasimov from Uzbekistan
The King arrives at the East Gate of the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the formal audiences. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King arrives at the East Gate of the Royal Palace of Stockholm for the formal audiences. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

North Korea's ambassador Ri Won Guk is welcomed by Crown Equerry Ulf Gunnehed on arrival at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

North Korea's ambassador Ri Won Guk is welcomed by Crown Equerry Ulf Gunnehed on arrival at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Brazil's ambassador Nelson Antonio Tabajara de Oliveira and his retinue in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Brazil's ambassador Nelson Antonio Tabajara de Oliveira and his retinue in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Ambassador Senadheera Sudantha Ganegama Arachchi from Sri Lanka and his retinue with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alain. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Ambassador Senadheera Sudantha Ganegama Arachchi from Sri Lanka and his retinue with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alain. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Uzbekistan's new ambassador Nabijon Kasimov arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in one of the Royal Stables' carriages. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Uzbekistan's new ambassador Nabijon Kasimov arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in one of the Royal Stables' carriages. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

During the four audiences, the ambassadors submitted their credentials – a document from their head of state – to The King, who then granted them the formal right to work in Sweden.

Photo: Henrik Garlöv/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 of Stockholm. The King and the ambassador then talk in private for around fifteen minutes.

Find out more about formal audiences:

• The Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducerexternal link, opens in new window

• 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