Seraphim Toll January 16th
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 January 16th 2023
His Majesty Constanitine II, Former King of the Hellenes, Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim.
His Majesty Former King Constantine II was born 2nd of June 1940 and passed away on 10th of January this year. The King, who was the spouse of H M Queen Anne-Marie, born princess of Denmark, was appointed Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim by H M King Gustaf VI Adolf on 14th September 1964.
The King was the 758:th Knight 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 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 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 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.
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Top image: The Riddarholmen Church, photo Dick Norberg/Royalpalaces.se
See the ceremony from the Seraphim Toll September 19th 2022.