The King holds formal audiences for new ambassadors

On Wednesday 8 May, 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 Kairat Abdrakhmanov from Kazakhstan
  • Ambassador Shkendije Geci Sherifi from Kosovo
  • Ambassador Andreas Fryganas from Greece
  • Ambassador Giedrius Čekuolis from Lithuania
The Army Music Corps played as the ambassadors arrived in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Army Music Corps played as the ambassadors arrived in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sara Friberg/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.

Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov from Kazakhstan submits his credentials during the audience.

Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov from Kazakhstan submits his credentials during the audience. Photo: Emma Fredriksson/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.

The new ambassadors arrive at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in the Karl XV Parade Coupé. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The new ambassadors arrive at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in the Karl XV Parade Coupé. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King receives Kosovo's ambassador Shkendije Geci Sherifi. Photo: Emma Fredriksson/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King welcomes Greece's ambassador Andreas Fryganas. During the audience, The King wore the Greek Order of the Redeemer.

The King welcomes Greece's ambassador Andreas Fryganas. During the audience, The King wore the Greek Order of the Redeemer. Photo: Emma Fredriksson/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

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

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden