H. M. The King's Medal

H. M. (His Majesty) The King's Medal (Swedish: H.M. Konungens medalj), earlier known as the Court Medal (Swedish: Hovmedaljen), is a Swedish honour that may be bestowed upon Swedish and foreign citizens. The medal was created in 1814 and is awarded in different sizes in gold and silver with chain or ribbon. This medal is not awarded in classes but in sizes. The 12th size is the largest and is worn around the neck on a chain or ribbon. The 8th and 5th size are worn from the left breast suspended by a ribbon, after the Seraphim Medal.[2]

H. M. The King's Medal
H.M. Konungens medalj
Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister.jpg
Countess Alice Trolle-Wachtmeister wearing H. M. The King's Medal 12th size on gold chain
TypeRoyal medal
Awarded forSpecial merits as well as service at the royal court
Country Sweden
Presented bythe King of Sweden
EligibilitySwedes and foreigners
StatusCurrently awarded
Established1814
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Precedence
Next (higher)Seraphim Medal[1]
Next (lower)Litteris et Artibus

It is awarded to Swedish and foreign citizens for special merits as well as to officials at the royal court. Since 1975 it is the next highest award, after the Seraphim Medal, that can be awarded to Swedish citizens because the Royal Order of the Seraphim is only for the royal family.

MedalsEdit

H.M. The King's Medal is awarded in various sizes in both gold and silver. It may be suspended from a ribbon or chain.[3] Swedish medals are not awarded in classes but are awarded in sizes. These sizes come from the Berch's Scale [sv] from the 18th century. This scale assigns various sizes to medals. For example, the 12th size medal is 43 mm in diameter, while the 8th size is 31 mm in diameter.[4] The medal may be awarded in the following sizes and suspensions:[5]

  • 12th size gold medal with diamonds worn around the neck on a chain of gold (silver-gilt)
  • 12th size gold medal worn around the neck on a chain of gold (silver-gilt)
  • 12th size gold (silver-gilt) medal worn around the neck on the Order of the Seraphim ribbon
  • 12th size gold (silver-gilt) medal worn around the neck on a blue ribbon
  • 8th size gold (silver-gilt) medal worn on the chest suspended by the Order of the Seraphim ribbon
  • 8th size gold (silver-gilt) medal worn on the chest suspended by a blue ribbon
  • 8th size silver medal worn on the chest suspended by a blue ribbon

Notable recipientsEdit

12th size gold medal with chain
12th size gold medal on Seraphim Order ribbon
12th size gold medal on Bright-Blue ribbon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Anvisningar för bärande av kungliga medaljer med mera" (in Swedish). Sveriges Kungahus. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Anvisningar för bärande av kungliga medaljer med mera" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  3. ^ "H.M. The Kings Medal". Swedish Royal Court. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ Pahlsson, Leif. "New Swedish Medal" (PDF). Journal of the Order and Medals Society of America. p. 4. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. ^ "H.M. Konungens medalj". Sveriges Kungahus. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "12:e storleken i guld med kedja". Sök medaljförläning. Sveriges Kungahus. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  7. ^ a b c "12:e storleken i serafimerordens band". Sök medaljförläning. Sveriges Kungahus. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  8. ^ Report of award, 7 February 2013