The Royal Guards
The Royal Guards are an important part of the Royal Family's protection, and of Stockholm's military preparedness. And also one of our most popular tourist attractions.
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The Royal Guards have had a presence at the Palace since 1523, when it consisted of 100-200 soldiers who were also responsible for the city's security arrangement and fire protection.
Today, units from throughout Sweden make up the Royal Guards, which is an important part of the Royal Family's protection and of Stockholm's military preparedness. The Life Guard has the main responsibility for manning the Royal Guards.
The changing of the guards and the parade are also a popular tourist attraction. During the summer months, the parade marches or rides with the Music Corps through the streets of the city and up to the Outer Courtyard of the palace.
In connection with The King's official duties, such as state visits and audiences, additional guards take part in parades. These include bodyguards in King Karl XI's uniform, mounted escorts and grenadier guards in their distinctive 19th century bearskin hats.
Top image: Main Guard post outside the Royal Palace of Stockholm's West Gate. Photo: Raphael Stecksén/Royalpalaces.se