The Riddarholmen Church

The Bernadotte Chapel

In 1858–60 this chapel was built for the present royal dynasty of Sweden, the Bernadotte family.

The architect of the chapel was Fredrik Wilhelm Scholander (1816-1881). The exterior design of the chapel is well adjust to the older ones; a late renaissance brick work exterior with decorative ornamentation of sandstone.

The stained glass windows were added in 1888. They depict national and regional coats of arms and royal mottos. The text on the walls honors the deeds of king Carl XIV Johan, the first monarch of the Bernadottes.

King Carl XIV Johan rests in the monumental sarcophagus in the back of the chapel (A). The sarcophagus is made out of Swedish porphyry and took some eight years to produce. The weight is some 15 tons and it was taken from the quarry of Älvdalen wintertime 1856 to nearest harbour and then shipped to Stockholm.

During the 1910's the sarcophaguses along the walls were added to the chapel. There rest four kings and their queens in the following order:

1) King Oscar I (1799-1859)
2) Queen Josefina (1807-1876)
3) King Carl XV (1826-1872)
4) Queen Lovisa (1828-1871)
5) King Oscar II (1829-1907)
6) Queen Sofia (1836-1913)
7) King Gustaf V (1858-1950)
8) Queen Victoria (1862-1930)

The Burial Vault

In the vault, below the chapel, the following members of the royal family rest:

1) Prince Gustaf (1827-1852)
2) Princess Eugenié (1830-1889)
3) Prince August (1831-1873)
4) Princess Therésè (1836-1914)
5) Prince Carl Oscar (1852-1854)
6) Prince Erik (1889-1918)

Queen Désirée (1777-1860), spouse of Carl XIV Johan, rests in the sarcophagus in the middle (B). It was placed there in 1911 and made out of Swedish kolmårdsmarble.

The sarcophaguses of King Karl XIV Johan and Queen Desideria. Photo: Håkan Lind/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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The current church has three naves but originally had two, with the south side aisle having been added in the mid-15th century.

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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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