Marshal of the Realm (Sweden)

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His Majestys Marshal of the Realm
Hans Majestät Konungens riksmarskalk
Coat of arms of the Marshal of the Realm (Sweden).svg
Coat of arms of the Marshal of the Realm
Incumbent
Fredrik Wersäll

since 1 September 2018
Royal Court of Sweden
StyleExcellency
AppointerThe Swedish Monarch
Term lengthAt His Majesty's pleasure
Inaugural holderGöran Claesson Stiernsköld
Formation1607
Websitehttp://www.kungahuset.se/

His Majestys Marshal of the Realm (Swedish: Hans Majestät Konungens riksmarskalk) is the highest official in the Royal Court of Sweden. The Marshal of the Realm is appointed by the Monarch and is directly responsible for the organization and affairs of the court, and for maintaining liaison arrangements with the Riksdag and the Prime Minister/Government. Press releases and official statements from the Swedish Royal Family to the press and the public are typically released through the Marshal of the Realm.

The office was created in 1607 during the reign of Charles IX, and until 1936 during the reign of Gustaf V, with the appointment of Axel Vennersten, it had always been held by a member of the Swedish nobility. The incumbent is in formal writing entitled to the style of Excellency, and is today, apart from Swedish ambassadors, the only officeholder to use this style. Until the 1970s the Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs also used this style, but it has since fallen out of use. The Marshals of the Realm were also in the past, until the reform of the state orders of chivalry in 1975, appointed as Knights of the Royal Order of the Seraphim, but since then Swedish citizens other than members of the Royal House are no longer eligible.

The present officeholder, Fredrik Wersäll, was appointed in 2018.

List of Marshals of the Realm since 1607[edit]

Axel Vennersten wearing the uniform of the Marshal of the Realm and the chain of the Order of the Seraphim.
Svante Lindqvist, with wife Catharina, on the way to the Royal Chapel in Stockholm before the wedding of Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill on June 8, 2013.
Name Image Lifetime Term of office
1. Göran Claesson Stiernsköld Image of none.svg 1552–1611 1607–1611
2. Henrik Carlsson Horn af Kanckas Image of none.svg 1578–1618 1611–1618
vacancy 1618–1634
3. Axel Gustafsson Banér Image of none.svg 1594–1642 1634–1641
vacancy 1641–1643
4. Åke Axelsson Natt och Dag Natt och Dag, Åke Axelsson (ur Svenska landtmarskalkar).jpg 1594–1655 1643–1651
5. Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie (ur Svenska Familj-Journalen).png 1622–1686 1651–1653
6. Adolph John I, Count Palatine of Kleeburg Adolph John of Sweden c 1660 by David Beck.jpg 1629–1689 1653–1654
7. Johan Oxenstierna af Södermöre Målning. Porträtt. Johan Oxenstierna - Skoklosters slott - 87012.tif 1611–1657 1654–1657
8. Gabriel Oxenstierna af Korsholm och Wasa Image of none.svg 1619–1673 1657-?
9. Johan Gabriel Stenbock Johan Gabriel Stenbock 1690.jpg 1640–1705 1673–1705
10. Carl Piper Carl Piper.jpg 1647–1716 1705–1716
11. Nicodemus Tessin the Younger Nicodemus tessin d y.jpg 1654–1728 1717–1727
12. Magnus Julius De la Gardie Magnus Julius De la Gardie SP159.jpg 1669-1741 1727–1741
13. Samuel Åkerhielm af Margrethelund Samuel Åkerhielm den yngre SP189.jpg 1684–1768 1741–1747
14. Wilhelm Ludvig Taube af Odenkat Image of none.svg 1690–1750 1747–1750
15. Claes Ekeblad the Younger Claes Ekeblad (1708-1771).JPG 1708–1771 1750–1761
16. Adam Horn af Kanckas Adam Horn av Ekebyholm.jpg 1717-1778 1761–1769
17. Nils Adam Bielke Image of none.svg 1724-1792 1769–1772
18. Hans Henrik von Liewen d.y. Liewen, Hans Henric von i VJs julnummer 1942.jpg 1704–1781 1772–1781
19. Göran Gyllenstierna Gyllenstierna, Göran i VJs julnummer 1942.jpg 1724–1799 1781–1788
20. Carl Bonde af Björnö Bonde, Carl i VJs julnummer 1942.jpg 1741–1791 1788–1791
21. Johan Gabriel Oxenstierna Johan Gabriel Oxenstierna.jpg 1750–1818 1792-?
22. Axel von Fersen the Younger Hans Axel von Fersen2.jpg 1755–1810 1801–1810
23. Magnus Stenbock Image of none.svg 1810
24. Hans Henric von Essen HansHenrikEssen.jpg 1755–1824 1810–1824
25. Claes Adolf Fleming Claes Adolph Fleming-1847.jpg 1771–1831 1824–1831
26. Magnus Brahe MagnusBrahe.jpg 1790–1844 1831–1844
27. Arvid Mauritz Posse Arvid Mauritz Posse 1845.jpg 1792–1850 1845–1849
28. Mauritz Axel Lewenhaupt Image of none.svg 1791-1868 1849–1860
29. Nils Gyldenstolpe 1799–1864 1860–1864
30. Gustaf Sparre Gustaf Vive Sparre.jpg 1802–1886 1864–1886
31. Gillis Bildt Painting of Gillis Bildt.jpg 1820–1894 1886–1894
32. Fredrik von Essen Swedish Reichsmarschall Fredrik von Essen.jpg 1831–1921 1894–1911
33. Ludvig Douglas Ludvig Douglas 1913.JPG 1849–1916 1911–1916
34. Otto Hack Roland Printzsköld Otto Hack Roland Printzsköld - from Svenskt Porträttgalleri II.png 1846–1930 1916–1930
35. Eric Trolle Eric Trolle 1936.JPG 1863–1934 1930–1934
36. Oscar von Sydow Oscar von Sydow.jpg 1873–1936 1934–1936
37. Axel Vennersten Vennersten, Axel i VJs julnummer 1942.jpg 1863–1948 1936–1946
38. Birger Ekeberg Birger Ekeberg 1931.jpg 1880–1968 1946–1959
39. Nils Vult von Steyern Nils Vult von Steyern 1959.JPG 1887–1966 1959–1966
40. Stig H:son Ericson Admiral Stig Hson Ericson.jpg 1897–1985 1966–1976
41. Gunnar Lagergren Image of none.svg 1912-2008 1976–1983
42. Sten Rudholm Image of none.svg 1918-2008 1983–1986
43. Per Sköld Image of none.svg 1922-2008 1986–1996
44. Gunnar Brodin Image of none.svg 1931–2009 1996–2003
45. Ingemar Eliasson Rosenbad 2010-06-17-5.jpg 1939– 2003–2009
46. Svante Lindqvist Crafoordprize 2010-24.jpg 1948– 2010–2018
47. Fredrik Wersäll Image of none.svg 1951– 2018–

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