Living heraldry

Find out about the living history of heraldry in the sacristy at the Riddarholm Church. Since 1748, the Coat of arms of Seraphim Knights have hung on the walls of the church.

To begin with, knights were also obliged to carry out charity work, caring for the sick and the poor.

The Royal Orders of Knighthood

The exhibition tells the story of the Swedish Royal Orders of Chivalry, why the Riddarholm Church was chosen as the church for these orders, and when the orders were opened up to women.

The coats of arms

We can also read about the history of the Coats of arms, their design over the ages and how the positioning of the Coats of arms dates back to older traditions, such as in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Heraldic artists

The first heraldic artist was Court Painter Johan Pasch. Pasch was assigned to this work by Carl Hårleman, who designed the orders in 1748. The exhibition includes a list of all heraldic artists, from the 18th century to the present day.

Top image by Dick Norberg/Royalpalaces.se

On his mausoleum in the Riddarholm Church, Magnus Ladulås wears a royal order chain. Photo: Alexis Daflos/Royalpalaces.se

Leif Ericsson is our current heraldic artist. Photo: Royalpalaces.se

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For large groups we recommend a pre-booked guided tour. The tours can be given in Swedish or English.

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FAQ

  • Can I take a pushchair into the royal palaces?

    Pushchairs are not permitted indoors.

  • Are there any pushchair parkings at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: At the entrance to the Reception Rooms, in the Outer Courtyard there is a limited amount of space for pushchairs. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Riddarholm Church: At the entrance to Riddarholm Church. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Drottningholm Palace: Outside the entrance. Under cover, but unmonitored and no locking facility.

    Other visitor attractions: No pushchair parking.

  • Which royal visitor attractions can I explore at my own pace?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm, Riddarholm Church, Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion, Gripsholm Castle, Strömsholm Palace and the Orangery at Ulriksdal can be explored at your own pace.

    The other palaces are by guided tour.

  • Is it possible to hire rooms at the royal palaces for dinner functions/events?

    Strömsholm Palace: The dining room in the Stone Kitchen can be hired for dinner functions.

    The other palaces: Room hire is not possible.

  • Are audio guides available for the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: An audio guide in Swedish and English is available for the Bernadotte Apartments and Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities.

    The Chinese Pavilion: An audio guide is available in Swedish and English

    Audio guides are not available at present for the other palaces.

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