Formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm

On Thursday 15 February, The King received four new foreign ambassadors during formal audiences at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.

The Deputy Master of Ceremonies, Luxembourg's ambassador Janine Finck, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Ingrid Hjelt af Trolle and the Lord in Waiting at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Lisa Raihle Rehbäck/royalcourt.se

The new ambassadors were South Korea's ambassador Lee Jeong-kyu, Egypt's ambassador Alaa Hegazy, Iraq's ambassador Ahmed Kamal Hasan Al-Kamaly and Luxembourg's ambassador Janine Finck.

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.

Egypt's ambassador Alaa Hegazy arrives at the Royal Palace of Stockholm with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Bengt Lundborg. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/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.

Iraq's ambassador Ahmed Kamal Hasan Al-Kamaly and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs' introducer Birgitta Holst Alani. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/royalcourt.se

The ambassador is collected from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs on Gustaf Adolfs Torg in the Royal Stables' horse and carriage, and is driven to the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: Sanna Argus Tirén/royalcourt.se