On Monday 27 May, The King and Queen held an audience at the Royal Palace with Swedish honorary consuls working in South and North America.
During the reception in Queen Lovisa Ulrika's Dining Hall, the honorary consuls were presented to The King. Per-Arne Hjelmborn, Sweden's ambassador to Brazil, spoke about the role of the consuls and their significance for Sweden.
The honorary consuls attending the audience work in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Paraguay and Uruguay.
During the audience, five of the consuls were awarded the Knight Commander's cross of the Royal Order of the Polar Star.
There are around 350 Swedish honorary consulates. Their task is to assist the embassies and career consulates with various duties. An honorary consulate is led by an honorary consul, who is permanently based in the town where the consulate is located. The honorary consul can be a Swedish citizen or a foreign citizen. The position of honorary consul is an unpaid honorary role.