The King holds formal audiences for new ambassadors

The King receives South Africa's ambassador Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla. During the audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope in Gold.

The King receives South Africa's ambassador Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla. During the audience, The King wore the Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope in Gold. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Thursday 16 January, four new foreign ambassadors submitted their credentials to The King during formal audiences at the Royal Palace.

Panama's ambassador Andres Gregorio Nuñez Sanchez is received by The King.

Panama's ambassador Andres Gregorio Nuñez Sanchez is received by The King. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of Sweden

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

  • Ambassador Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla from South Africa
  • Ambassador Andres Gregorio Nuñez Sanchez from Panama
  • Ambassador Bounliep Houngvongsone from Laos
  • Ambassador Ellison Edroy Greenslade from Bahamas (concurrently accredited from London)
The King with Laos's ambassador Bounliep Houngvongsone.

The King with Laos's ambassador Bounliep Houngvongsone. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court of Sweden

The Bahamas' ambassador Ellison Edroy Greenslade is welcomed by The King outside the Audience Chamber.

The Bahamas' ambassador Ellison Edroy Greenslade is welcomed by The King outside the Audience Chamber. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/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.

South Africa's new ambassador Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla and her retinue in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace.

South Africa's new ambassador Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla and her retinue in the Inner Courtyard of the Royal Palace. Photo: Henrik Garlöv/The Royal Court of Sweden

Laos's new ambassador Bounliep Houngvongsone and his retinue arrive at the Royal Palace in one of the Royal Stables' carriages.

Laos's new ambassador Bounliep Houngvongsone and his retinue arrive at the Royal Palace in one of the Royal Stables' carriages. 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. 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