Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 25 January, The King received four new foreign ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The new ambassadors were Portugal's ambassador Henrique Manuel Vilela da Silveira Borges, Turkey's ambassador Hakki Emre Yunt, Ethiopia's ambassador Merga Bekana Gonfa and Lebanon's ambassador Hassan Saleh.

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.

Ethiopia's ambassador Merga Bekana Gonfa arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Klas Gierow and his retinue. Photo: royalcourt.se

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.

Ethiopia's ambassador in the Karl XV Parade Coupé, on his way to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

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