Well Women and Members of the Clergy* Appointed to the Order usualy displayed their Order suspended from a Blue Ribbon instead of the Collar. I you click on the Link to Queen Silvia’s Stall Plate you will see that she also has a Blue Ribbon. There are however some exceptions which seems to be ruling Queens and in the Crown Princess’ case also future ruling Queens. And in earlier times the Queen of Sweden seems to have used the Collar.
Stall Plate of HRH Princess Birgitta of Sweden. Sister of the present King of Sweden and since 1961 married to Pince Johann Georg of Hohenzollern. Along with her Mother and Sisters Margaretha, Désirée and Christina appointed to the Order on 22 March 1952. The Stall Plates of the Sisters are with the execption of the names identical as comes to the Arms so I will only show that of Princess Birgitta.
Below the Stall Plates of the Parents of the King and his Sisters:
HRH Prince Gustaf Adolf, Hereditary Prince of Sweden and Duke of Västerbotten. The Reindeer Field is from the Arms of his Titular Duchy. As a member of the Royal Family he was appointed at his birth on 22 april 1906. Killed in an Air Crasch on Kastrup Airfield in Copenhagen 26 January 1947. He never lived to be King, the title instead passed to his son the present King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf upon the death of Gustaf VI Adolf in 1973.
HRH Princess Sibylla of Sweden, Duchess of Västerbotten. She was born a Princess of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha hence the ineschuteon with the Arms of Saxony. Died 28 November 1972.
* The Archbishops of Uppsala and in a few cases other Bishops where appointed to the Order before in 1974 all Swedish State Orders ceased to be awarded to Swedish Citizens. In later years (since 1995) this has become a little more relax allowing Members of the Royal House to recieve the Order of the Seraphim and Order of the North Star.
Stall Plate HRH Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (Uncle to King Carl XVI Gustaf) with the Arms of his Titular Duchy in the third Field. Appointed on his birth 28 February 1912 and Died on 5 January 1997. The Other Orders shown are from top to bottom theOrder of Carl XIII (only given to High ranking Freemasons), the Order of Vasa, the Order of the Northern Star, the Order of the Sword.
HRH Princess Lilian of Sweden, Duchess of Halland. She was born Lilian Davies in Swansea 1915 and married in 1976 HRH Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland. The two had long been a couple but due to Prince Bertil’s place in the Succession Order they could not marry until the ascension and marriage of the present King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. She was appointed to the Order on 30 August 1995.
Stall Plate of Prince Carl Bernadotte (Cousin to Gustaf VI Adolf). He was formerly HRH Prince Carl, Hereditary Prince of Sweden and Duke of Östergötland but in 1937 had to give up succesion rights and all Swedish titles upon marrying a Woman of non Royal Blood. From his brother-in-Law King Leopold III of Belgium he recieved in 1937 the title Prince Bernadotte and the Arms shown in the Stall Plate - in the ineschuteon the Bernadotte Arms, in the first and fourth Fields a Lion’s head from the Arms of Belgium and in the second and third the Arms of Östergötland. He died 27 July 2003, which was after the Book had been published hence the lack of a death date on the Plate. The Belgian title Prince was Personal but his decendants was granted the right to the title Count of Countess, as it turned out there was only one child the Countess Madeleine born in 1938.
Prior to the 1974 changes when Swedish citizens was excluded from recieving Swedish Orders (since 1995 members of the Royal House are allowed to recive Orders) the Highest dignitaries of Sweden* was honoured with the Order of the Seraphim. Some examples:
Arms of August Sävström, Socialdemocratic politician (an exeption from the Party’s reclutance towards Orders), Member of Parliament and Speaker of the second Chamber 1933-1952. Appointed to the Order on 6 june 1953 and died on 24 March 1960. The Arms is canting Säv = Rush and ström = ford. In the Chief a Speaker’s Club.
General Helge Jung, Supreme Commander 1944-1951. Appointed on 31 March 1951 and Died 3 January 1978.
*like the Prime Minister (not so many as those of the Socialdemocrats refused to accept the Order), The Archbishop of Uppsala, the Supreme Commander, the Speakers of the Chambers of the Parliament (in 1971 a unicameral Parliament was created) and the Marshal of the Realm.
Admiral Stig H:son Ericson, Marshal of the Realm 1966-1976. He was Commander in Chief of the Swedish Navy 1953-1961 and Supreme Aide de Camp to HM the King 1950-1973. Apointed to the Order on 11 Novemebr 1972 and died on 8 January 1985. The Anchors symbolising his naval service and the Crest shows the Baton of the Marshal of the Realm. The Motto is "Ante Mare Undæ" = "Before the Sea Waves".
Berndt Allan Nordenstam, Minister without portfolio 1952-1957, Governor of Stockholm 1963-1967* and County Governor of the County of Stockholm 1968-1971. Vice Chanchellor of the Order 1972-1974 and Chanchellor of the Order 1974. Appointed to the Order on 18 Novemebr 1971 and died on 2 March 1982.
The Motto "Rättvisa - Människokärlek translate as "Justice - Love of Mankind".
Sture Petrén, President of the Svea Court of Appeal 1963-1967 and member of the International Court of justice in the Hauge 1967. Appointed to the Order on 6 June 1972 and died on 13 December 1976. The Motto "Cedant Arma Togae" translates as "Let arms yield to the gown; let violence give place to law".
*The City of Stockholm was not part of any County until 1968. As thus it had a separate Administration under a Governor the last one beeing Nordenstam.
Marcus, on some of the arms, such as those of Admiral Ericson, Marshal of the Realm, are any of the features symbols of office that are placed on the arms of any holder of the office (such as in ancien regime France) , rather than an original design for the individual’s arms? What got my attention the most was the crest of batons on Adm. Ericson’s arms.
Well you can see the Arms of Sten Rudholm on the previous page showing behind his shield both a Baton of the Marshal of the Realm and of the Chanchellor of the Order. The Supreme Commanders all seems to have incorporated the Crossed Field Marshal’s Batons (called Command Batons as the Grade of Field Marshal can only be awarded in time of War). The Archbishops also used the Mitre, Cross staff and Crozier (or just Mitre and Crozier).
But there was never a system to distinguish Office Holders like in France or the Holy Roman Empire (of the German Nation).
Stall Plate of Gustaf Fridolf Thapper (1899-1974), elected to the Second Chamber of the Swedish Parliament in 1940 for the Socialdemocratic Worker’s Party. He was Speaker of the Chamber 1960-1968, appointed to the Order on 6 June 1968. The Motto "Firmitate et temperantia" translates as "With strenght and restraint".
Arms of general Torsten Rapp (1905-1993). General Rapp started his career in the Navy transferring to the Air Force in 1930, becoming CO of the F 17 Wing 1944-1948 and Commander in Chief of the Air Force 1960-1961. He became th first Supreme Commander not beeing from the Army in 1961 serving until 1970. The Winged Anchor symbolises that Rapp’s flying Career started in the Naval Air Service (which in 1926 was united with the Army Air Service to form the independent Air Force). The Crest symbolises his status as Supreme Commander. The Motto translates as "Friendly firmness".
This is, perhaps, a stupid question, Marcus, but have you been to the Riddarsholmkyrkan and seen the many plates displayed on all the walls? It is indeed an awesome sight. I was very impressed with that when I was there.
Sorry to insert my pics, but hey, I got ‘em! They do not allow tourists to take pictures in the Riddarholmskyrkan. The carvings on the floor were impressive. It’s too bad they do not attempt to preserve the heraldry on the floor, because foot traffic has worn away the many heraldic images.
My question is: What book documents the arms in the House and the Church?
Not my pics:
Here are some snaps of the Riddarhuset I took—
Yes Father Guy I have been to the Riddarholmskyrkan a few times (at present I live only about 25 minutes by Commuter Train from the church). I agree it is quite impressive to see the shields.
Nice Pictures Michael. On the second picture you can see the Stall Plate of the Late Prince Rainier III of Monaco (husband of Grace Kelly). This illustrate the practice that on the day of the funeral of a dead knight the Bells of the riddarholmskyrkan ar tolled the so called Seraphim Tolling and the shield are displayed like this.
Acctualy I’am not sure if there is a book that displays all the Plates at the Riddarhuset. A few is shown in the the book Svensk adelsheraldik by Jan Raneke. The book Kungliga Serafimerorden 1748-1998 shows all Plates of the Order most of which is to be found at the Riddarholmskyrkan. I doesn’t know if there is any book on the other heraldry to be found in the Church.
Stall Plate of HM King Harald V of Norway, appointed on 10 April 1958.
Stall Plate of HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, appointed on 2 June 1993.
Stall Plate of HM Queen Sonja of Norway, appointed on 26 September 1974.
Stall Plate of HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, appointed on 10 April 1958.
Stall Plate of the Queen’s husband HRH Prince Henrik of Denmark, appointed 21 December 1972. The Shield is quarterd Denmark and de Laborde de Montpezant (the French countly Famlily to which the Prince belongs).
Stall Plate of HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, appointed on 2 June 1993.
Stall Plate of Grand Duke Henri of Luxemburg, appointed on 12 September 1983. This was while he still was Hereditary Grand Duke hence the Label and the wording Arvstorhertig before his name. Ascended to the Throne on 7 October 2000 following the abdication of his father Grand Duke Jean.
Stall Plate of Alexander Petrovitij Isvolskij (1856-1919 in exile in Paris), Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs 1906-1910, Russian Ambassador to France 1910-1917. Appointed Kinght of The Seraphim 12 May 1908 on the occasion of the wedding of Prince Wilhelm of Sweden to the Grandduchess Maria of Russia.
Stall Plate of Prince Bernhard von Bülow (1849-1929), German Chancellor and Minister President (Primeminister) of Prussia 1900-1909. Appointed Knigth of the Seraphim 6 May 1908 during the State Visit of King Gustaf V to Prussia.
Stall Plate of Knut Agathon Wallenberg (1853-1938], Bank Manager and Managering Director of Stockholms Enskilda Bank 1886-1911, Minister of Foreign Affairs 1914-1917, President of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce 1912-1914 and 1917-1928, Member of the First Chamber of the Parliament 1907-1919. The Motto translates as "Seek and you will find".
Stall Plate of Marcus Laurentius Wallenberg (1864-1943), Vice Circuit Judge, Bank Manager and Head Judge of the Abritary Court on the German Short Credits 1931. The Motto translates as "To be not to seem to be".
Stall Plate of Dr. (h.c.) Marcus Wallenberg (1899-1982), Bank Manager and Managering Director of Stockholms Enskilda Bank 1946-1958, Vice Chairman of the Board 1958-1969 and Chairman of the Board 1969-1976. The Motto translates "Progress is made through creation".
Stall Plate of Peter Arkadevitj Stolypin (1862-1911 murdered at a Teather in Kiev). Russian Primeminister and Minister of the Interior 1906-1911. He received the Order on 12 May 1908 upon the marriage of HRH Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, Duke of Södermanland to the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia.
Stall Plate of Grand Admiral Hans von Koester [1844-1928]. Inspector General of the German Navy 1899, Chief of the Active Battle Fleet 1903. Promoted Grand Admiral 1905. Received the Order on 4 august 1905 in connection with the Fleet Visit of Emperor Wilhelm II to Gävle.