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Seraphim Toll for Prince Philip takes place in Sweden


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Sweden honoured the Duke of Edinburgh ahead of his funeral on Saturday afternoon. Flags at the Royal Place were flown at half-mast, the Swedish Royal Family sent a wreath to the British Royal Family, and the Seraphim Toll took place from 12.00 to 13.00 Swedish time in Riddarholm Church in Stockholm.

The Duke was a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim in Sweden, and it is a tradition in Sweden to hold a Seraphim Toll for a deceased Knight of the Order of the Seraphim on the same day as the funeral. Prince Philip was made a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim by King Gustaf VI Adolf on 23 June 1954; he was the 683rd Knight since the Order’s creation in 1748.

Vice Chancellor of the Royal Orders of Knighthood Per Sandin placed Prince Philip’s coat of arms with his date of death in the church’s chancel, and from today, on the shield will hang with the other shields of knights and members who have passed away. Sandin also gave a reading during the Seraphim Toll.

The Duke’s sash and Order of the Seraphim was on display today in St George’s Chapel, as well, during the funeral.

Since the 1700s, the Coat of Arms of each Knight of the Order of the Seraphim has hung in Riddarholm Church. After a knight passes away, their date of death is added to their Coat of Arms that hangs in the church. The date of death is also announced during the ceremony that begins with the Coat of Arms getting a military escort from the Royal Palace to the church, where it is then hung among the arms and shields of other deceased knights and members.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.