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Sweden to honour Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday

Photo: Sara Friberg/Royal Court, Sweden

Sweden will honour the Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday ahead of his funeral in the UK.

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’s Seraphim Toll will take place from 12.00 to 13.00 Swedish time in Riddarholm Church in Stockholm.

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.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the church will not be open to the public for the Seraphim Toll. It is expected that the Swedish Royal Court will release images after the ceremony has taken place.

Prince Philip was made a Knight of the Order of the Seraphim by King Gustaf VI Adolf on 23 June 1954.

The last Seraphim Toll for a deceased foreign royal took place in 2019 after the death of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place at 15.00 at St George’s Chapel and will be televised. As a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, only 30 people will be permitted to attend the funeral, and the public has been asked not to gather outside Windsor Castle and St George’s Chapel on Saturday.

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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.