Seraphim Toll for The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Seraphim arms were positioned in the chancel of the Riddarholmen Church on Saturday.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Seraphim arms were positioned in the chancel of the Riddarholmen Church on Saturday. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Saturday 17 April, a Seraphim Toll was rung in the Riddarholmen Church for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was a Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim and who died on 9 April 2021.

HM The King decided that flags should be flown at half-mast at the Royal Palace on the day of the funeral.

HM The King decided that flags should be flown at half-mast at the Royal Palace on the day of the funeral. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Before the funeral in Windsor, the Royal Family had sent wreaths as a final farewell. HM The King had also decided that flags should be flown at half-mast at the Royal Palace on the Saturday.

Seraphim Toll

The Duke of Edinburgh was made a Knight of the Royal Order of the Seraphim by King Gustaf VI Adolf on 23 June 1954. The Prince was the 725th Knight of the Order since it was established in 1748.

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, The Duke of Edinburgh'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 open to the public during the Seraphim Toll.

Prince Philip was the 725th Knight of the Royal Order since it was established in 1748.

Prince Philip was the 725th Knight of the Royal Order since it was established in 1748. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh was the nephew of Queen Louise (1889–1965). The Prince visited Sweden on several occasions, including on state visits in 1956 and 1983 with Queen Elizabeth.

For the British state visit to Sweden in 1956, the distinguished guests arrived by sea. When the Royal Yacht Britannia anchored up at Strömmen, the Vasaorden approached the gangway before rowing Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh to Logårdstrappan below the Royal Palace, where King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise were waiting.

For the British state visit to Sweden in 1956, the distinguished guests arrived by sea. When the Royal Yacht Britannia anchored up at Strömmen, the Vasaorden approached the gangway before rowing Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh to Logårdstrappan below the Royal Palace, where King Gustaf VI Adolf and Queen Louise were waiting. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's image archive.

Queen Louise with her nephew Prince Philip in the Outer Courtyard of the Royal Palace.

Queen Louise with her nephew Prince Philip in the Outer Courtyard of the Royal Palace. Photo: TT

Family photograph in the Grand Guest Apartment at the Royal Palace, 8 June 1956. From left: King Gustaf VI Adolf, Princess Margaretha, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Wilhelm, Queen Louise, Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Crown Prince Carl (XVI) Gustaf, Prince Philip, Prince Bertil, Princess Christina, Princess Sibylla, Princess Birgitta and Princess Désirée.

Family photograph in the Grand Guest Apartment at the Royal Palace, 8 June 1956. From left: King Gustaf VI Adolf, Princess Margaretha, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Wilhelm, Queen Louise, Lord Mountbatten of Burma, Crown Prince Carl (XVI) Gustaf, Prince Philip, Prince Bertil, Princess Christina, Princess Sibylla, Princess Birgitta and Princess Désirée. Photo from the Bernadotte Library's image archive.

Family photograph in the Grand Guest Apartment at the Royal Palace, 25 May 1983. From left: The King, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess and Duke of Halland.

Family photograph in the Grand Guest Apartment at the Royal Palace, 25 May 1983. From left: The King, Queen Elizabeth, The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess and Duke of Halland. Photo: Stefan Lindblom/TT

The King and Queen visit Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in Stockholm in 1983.

The King and Queen visit Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in Stockholm in 1983. Photo: Jan Collsiöö/TT