Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 9 November, The King received four new foreign ambassadors at formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Ireland's ambassador Dympna Hayes, Hungary's ambassador Adrien Müller, Tunisia's ambassador Moez Mehdi Mahmoudi and Zambia's ambassador Rose Salukatula.

Tunisia's ambassador Moez Mehdi Mahmoudi arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm in the Karl XV Parade Coupé. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court

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 horses with their gold-mounted harnesses. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/The Royal Court