Te Deum is an old church ceremony, which in a royal context takes place in connection with important events in the Royal Family: weddings and christenings, birthdays, jubilees or other ceremonial occasions.
The King's 60th birthday
The last time a Te Deum was held was on 30 April 2006, to mark the occasion of King Carl XVI Gustaf's 60th birthday.
Te Deum laudamus, by Ambrosius
The Christian song of praise from the 4th century, Te Deum laudamus (God, we praise Thee), was written by the Bishop of Milan, Ambrosius.
Held in the Royal Chapel
The Te Deum ceremony is usually held in the Royal Chapel, either on the day of the celebration itself, or the day after. At royal Bernadotte weddings where the ceremony has taken place in the bride's homeland, a Te Deum has been part of the ceremony to mark the bride's arrival in Sweden.
Chaplain to The King officiating clergyman
The officiating clergyman at a Te Deum at the Swedish Court is the Chaplain to The King. This special service includes hymns, bible readings, a speech by the officiating clergyman and prayers.
Hymn number 2 in the new hymn book
When the future Crown Princess Victoria was baptised in the Palace Chapel on 27 September 1977, the old hymn number 13 (number 2 in the new hymn book) was sung. Herre, vår Gud, är en Konung i makt och i ära. This hymn has also been included in several royal wedding services.