The Order of the Seraphim
The Order of the Seraphim. Photo: The Royal Collections dept.
The Order of the Seraphim or the Order of His Majesty The King, is the most outstanding distinction in Sweden.
Nowadays it is conferred exclusively on members of the Swedish Royal Family and on foreign heads of state or other persons of comparable rank.
The Order has only one Class with the dignity of Knight or Member.
The insigniaThe insignia of the Order are the Collar, Badge and Grand Star. The Collar of the Order is only bestowed as a mark of special distinction. The Collar of the Order of the Seraphim consists of eleven gold seraphims (angels), alternating with eleven blue patriarchal crosses, set in gold, joined with gold links.
The BadgeThe Badge consists of a white Maltese cross set in gold, in the centre of which is a blue medallion bearing the monogram of Christ "IHS" (Jesus Hominum Salvator - Jesus the Saviour of Mankind). The Badge is surmounted by a golden Royal crown, by which it is fastened to the collar or to a light blue moiré ribbon.
HistoryThe Order of the Seraphim was instituted by King Fredrik I in 1748. The initials FRS (Fredericus Rex Sueciae), in are engraved on the reverse of the medallion.
The coat of arms in Riddarholmen ChurchA Knight or Member should submit proposals regarding his Seraphim arms and a motto to the armorial painter to the Royal Orders.
On the death of a Knight or Member of the Order, his (her) coat of arms, designed in accordance with the above, will be mounted in Riddarholmen Church on the occasion of the funeral of the deceased Knight or Member.
The bells are tolled at Riddarholmen Church on the occasion of the funeral of a deceased Knight or Member.
The coat of arms of H.M. King Carl XIV Gustaf and H.M. Queen Silvia painted by armorial painter David Friefeldt.