The King holds an audience with the Order of Saint John

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The King with representatives of the international Order of Saint John and the Order of Malta. Photo: royalcourt.se

On Friday 4 October, The King received representatives of the international Order of Saint John and the Order of Malta at the Royal Palace of Stockholm.
The King has been patron of the Swedish Order of Saint John since 1974. During their visit to Sweden, representatives of the international Order of Saint John and the Order of Malta also visited Stockholm Nursing Home and Stockholm City Mission.
 
The Protestant Order of Saint John and the Catholic Order of Malta both carry out international aid work, mainly within healthcare, ambulance services and education. Both orders carry out extensive fundraising work, with the money raised being used to provide disaster relief.
 
The main task of the Swedish Order of Saint John is to support and assist people in need. The order is divided up into a Catholic section, the Order of Malta, and an Evangelical section, the Order of Saint John.
 
The Order of Saint John first came to Sweden in the early 12th century, building a monastery at the burial site of the English monk Saint Eskil in what is now Eskilstuna. A smaller monastery was founded in Stockholm in the 14th century, and a hostel was built north of Kalmar towards the end of the Middle Ages.
 
Find out more about the Swedish Order of Saint Johnexternal link, opens in new window here.