Seraphim Toll for Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

The Deputy Clerk to the Office of the Royal Order of His Majesty The King hangs the late President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's Seraphim arms in the chancel of the Riddarholmen Church during the Seraphim Toll for the former president, who was a Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim.

The Deputy Clerk to the Office of the Royal Order of His Majesty The King hangs the late President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's Seraphim arms in the chancel of the Riddarholmen Church during the Seraphim Toll for the former president, who was a Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On 5 December, a Seraphim Toll was rung in the Riddarholmen Church for former President of the French Republic Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who was a Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim and who died on 2 December 2020.

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, who was President of France and Co-Prince of Andorra from 1974 until 1981, received the Order of the Seraphim during Their Majesties The King and Queen's state visit to France in June 1980.

The Seraphim Toll is traditionally rung on the same day as the knight's funeral, and lasts for one hour.

The Deputy Clerk to the Office gave an oration to the deceased Knight of the Seraphim.

The Deputy Clerk to the Office gave an oration to the deceased Knight of the Seraphim. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The coat of arms is hung in the church

During the Seraphim Toll, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's Seraphim arms were positioned in the chancel by Per Sandin, Deputy Clerk to the Office of the Royal Order of His Majesty The King.

The arms now hang in the Riddarholmen Church together with the arms of other deceased knights and members.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the church was not opened to the public during the Seraphim Toll.

The Seraphim arms that now hang in the church.

The Seraphim arms that now hang in the church. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

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