The Seraphim Toll

Hedersvakt i samband med serafimerringning den 17 april 2021 med anledning av H.K.H. Prins Philips bortgång. Foto: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Guard of honor in connection with the Seraphim Toll on April 17, 2021 on the occasion of the burial of H.R.H. Prince Philip. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Riddarholm Church and the Seraphim Toll

Since the beginning of the 19th century, Riddarholm Church has been the church of the Order of the Seraphim, which means that the seraphim shields of all deceased seraphim knights are kept in the church. As long as the knight/member is alive, the seraphim shield is kept by the Royal Orders of Knighthood in the Royal Palace.

On the day of the funeral, the coat of arms of the deceased seraphim knight is taken from The Royal Palace to the Riddarholm Church under dignified forms. The so-called seraphim bell toll takes place at 12-1 pm and the big bell of the Riddarholm Church rings continuously during this hour.

During the ceremony in the Riddarholm Church, a section from the Defense Music Department participates. A representative of the Royal Orders of Knighthood announces the death of the Seraphim Knight and at the same time announces some brief biographical information about the deceased in a short parentage.

The public has free access to the church in connection with the ceremony and seraphim ringing. Representatives of the Royal Orders of Knighthood can answer questions during the latter part of the Seraphim Toll.