Crown Equerry (Sweden)

Crown Equerry Mertil Melin at the Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves state visit to Stockholm in 2011.

Crown Equerry (Swedish: Hovstallmästare) is a title of the head of the Swedish Royal Stables. It is also an honorary title awarded by the King of Sweden. Previously at the Royal Court there was also a Master of the Horse (Swedish: Överhovstallmästare) who had the highest oversight of the Royal Stables. The Crown Equerry who was head of the Royal Stables, was named First Crown Equerry (Swedish: Förste hovstallmästare). Today Colonel Ulf Gunnehed is the Crown Equerry and head of the Royal Stables.[1]

Order of precedenceEdit

According to the order of precedence the Crown Equerry had following ranks before 1909:[2]

English title Swedish title Military rank
Master of the Horse Överhovstallmästare Field Marshal (Fältmarskalk)
First Crown Equerry Förste hovstallmästare Lieutenant General (Generallöjtnant)
Crown Equerry Hovstallmästare Major General (Generalmajor)
Equerry at the Court Stallmästaren vid hovet Colonel (Överste)
Deputy Master of Horse Understallmästare Major (Major)

UniformEdit

Since 1875 the Crown Equerry carry a uniform consisting of a light blue single-breasted waffenrock with white piping and a stand-up collar decorated with oak leaf pattern. The parade uniform has epaulettes, a waist belt with gold tassels, and bicorne with white plume.[3]

List of Crown EquerriesEdit

This is an incomplete list of Crown Equerries:

Master of the HorseEdit

  • 1763–1769 – Johan Henrik Sparfvenfeldt
  • 1769–1772 – Jakob Wattrang
  • 1772–1791 – Adolf Fredrik Lewenhaupt
  • 1791–1818 – Gustaf Lewenhaupt
  • ????–???? – Claes Rålamb
  • 1856–1859 – Ferdinand Braunerhielm
  • 1860–1874 – Gustaf Adolf Fredrik Wilhelm von Essen
  • 1875–1885 – Rudolf Tornérhjelm
  • 1885–1888 – Carl Björnstjerna
  • 1888–1908 – Alfred Piper
  • 1908–1912 – Gustaf Gyldenstolpe (1919)[4]
  • 1912–1931 – Fredrik Wrangel[4]
  • 1932–???? – Hans Ramel[4]

First Crown EquerriesEdit

  • 1886–1912 – Gustaf Gyldenstolpe[4]
  • 1912–1929 – Eberhard Rosenblad (1911)[4]
  • 1929–???? – Charles d’Otrante[4]

Crown EquerriesEdit

  • 1916–???? – Carl Bonde
  • 1935–1946 – Claës König
  • 1946–1950 – Hodder Stjernswärd
  • 1950–1972 – Carl Eric von Platen
  • 1972–1984 – Hans Skiöldebrand
  • 1984–1991 – Hodder Stjernswärd
  • 1991–1996 – Magnus Olson
  • 1996–2003 – Jörn Beckmann
  • 2003–2015 – Mertil Melin
  • 2015–2018 – Ulf Gunnehed[5]

List of non court-serving Crown EquerriesEdit

This is an incomplete list of non court-serving Crown Equerries:

Non court-serving First Crown Equerries[6]Edit

  • 1890–1910 – Gustaf d’Otrante
  • 1918–1939 – Edvard Sager
  • 1918–1935 – Carl Wachtmeister
  • 1925–1937 – Carl Gustaf von Platen

Non court-serving Crown Equerries[6]Edit

  • 1896–1918 – Edvard Sager
  • 1901–1931 – Gösta Tamm
  • 1908–1918 – Carl Wachtmeister
  • 1911–1925 – Carl Gustaf von Platen
  • 1916–19?? – Clarence von Rosen
  • 1923–1936 – Adolf Hamilton
  • 1927–1934 – Carl Hallenborg
  • 1930–1938 – Magnus Palmstierna
  • 1930–19?? – Carl-Philip Klingspor
  • 1931–1943 – Fabian Wrede
  • 1932–19?? – Wilhelm von Essen
  • 1933–19?? – Claës Wachtmeister
  • 1933–1941 – Nils Gyllenkrok
  • 1935–19?? – Claës König

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "H.M. Konungens hovstall" [H.M. The Royal Stables] (in Swedish). Royal Court of Sweden. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  2. ^ Wasling, Jesper. "Rangordningar efter 1814" [Order of precedences after 1814]. www.heraldik.se (in Swedish). Swedish Heraldry Society. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  3. ^ Treaster-Swidler, Leo; Alm, Göran, eds. (1994). Hovstallet 1894-1994 [The Royal Stables 1894-1994] (in Swedish). Höganäs: Bra böcker. p. 109f. ISBN 91-7119-559-9. LIBRIS 8370471.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Vem var det?: biografier över bortgångna svenska män och kvinnor samt kronologisk förteckning över skilda ämbetens och tjänsters innehavare [Who was it?: biographies of deceased Swedish men and women and chronological list of different office and services holders] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. 1944. p. 219.
  5. ^ "På ny post" (PDF). Försvarets forum: personaltidning för fast anställda och reservofficerare i svenska försvarsmakten (in Swedish). Stockholm: Försvarets forum (4): 9. 2015. LIBRIS 4109339.
  6. ^ a b Vem var det?: biografier över bortgångna svenska män och kvinnor samt kronologisk förteckning över skilda ämbetens och tjänsters innehavare [Who was it?: biographies of deceased Swedish men and women and chronological list of different office and services holders] (in Swedish). Stockholm: Norstedt. 1944. pp. 220–221.