For the preparation of nominations, there is an independent council at the Royal Order of Knighthood. The Council's task is to review received nominations and issue an opinion on the efforts that should be rewarded.
According to the merits investigation, the council's purpose is to maintain the system's integrity and strengthen public trust in the law enforcement system. The members must be independent, not take instructions from anyone and be unbound by party politics. They bring their experience to the council but do not represent anyone. They should be at least eight but not more than ten in number.
During the extraordinary chapter of the order on February 15, 2023, after a recommendation by the government, the following persons were appointed as members of the order's council for four years, 2023–2027:
The council is governed by Förordning (2022:1800) om Sveriges främsta utmärkelse r (Swedish only) External link. and must submit an opinion to the government with proposals for awards for meritorious contributions. H. M. the King, the Grand Master of the Royal Orders of Knighthood, confers, on the government's recommendation, Royal Orders of Knighthood. Decisions on awards are announced by Royal Orders of Knighthood.
Attached to the council are two experts representing the Government Offices and the Armed Forces, as well as a secretary.
Former Speaker of the Parliament
Björn von Sydow
Göran K. Hansson
Chief Executive Officer and President
Mia Brunell Livfors
Former Vice Prime Minister
Expert, Government Office
Expert, Swedish Armed Forces
Rapporteur, The Royal Orders of Knighthood
Secretary of the Council