Seraphim Toll September 19th

The Royal burial church on Riddarholmen also houses the Coats of arms of deceased Seraphim Knights. The deceased Knight is honoured with a Seraphim Toll the same day as the funeral service takes place.

Seraphim Toll September 19th 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland.
Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born 21st of April 1926 and passed away on 8th of September this year. The Queen was appointed Member of the Royal Order of the Seraphim by H M King Gustaf VI Adolf on 26th May 1953, awarded the Collar of the Order on May 23rd 1975 by H M King Carl XVI Gustaf on occasion of the Statevisit to Great Britain. This makes the Queen one of the persons who has held the rank of Member of the Seraphim the longest period of time, 69 years.

The Queen was the 722:nd Member of the Seraphim since its institution in the year of 1748.

The Royal Order of the Seraphim is the highest Royal Swedish Order. It has only one degree: Knight (for gentlemen) and Member (for ladies). The Order is mainly awarded to foreign Heads of State and their equals.

The church will be open to the public during the ceremony, and will open approximately at 12:00.
The Coat of arm will be taken by military escort from the Royal Palace to the Riddarholmen Church at 11:45.
The bell of the Riddarholmen Church will ring between 12:00 and 13:00.

About the Order of the Seraphim

Since 1748, the coats of arms of Seraphim Knights have hung on the walls of the church. When a Knight of the Seraphim dies, the date of death is added to the coat of arms before being taken to the Riddarholm Church.

The bell of the Riddarholmen Church are also rung on the day when a Seraphim Knight is buried. This is known as a Seraphim Toll.

The Order of the Seraphim is a royal Swedish order, and is Sweden's highest award.

Since the church has not been a parish church for more than 200 years, these tolls are one of the few occasions when the church bell ring.

The ceremony

The Seraphim Toll usually takes place at 12:00–13:00 at the Riddarholmen Church, on the same day that the funeral service is held for Seraphim Knight.

The Seraphim arms of the deceased will be taken by military escort from the West Gate of the Royal Palace to the Riddarholmen Church, where they will be hung in the chancel during the toll. Musicians from the Armed Forces Music Corps will take part in the ceremony.

During the ceremony, the Deputy Clerk to the Office will officially announce the death of the Knight of the Seraphim.

The church is open open to the public during the ceremony, and opens usually at 12:00.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland will be honoured with a Seraphim Toll at the Riddarholmen Church on September 19th 2022.

Seraphim Toll September 19th 2022.

The church is open to the public during the ceremony. Photo: Royalpalaces.se

The Riddarholmen Church is a royal burial church, and is also where the Seraphim arms of deceased Knights of the Order of the Seraphim are hung. Photo: Dick Norberg/Royalpalaces.se

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