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Royal Guard Company (Denmark)

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The Royal Guard Company (Danish: Vagtkompagniet) is the part of Royal Life Guards which serves as an active protection force for the Danish royal family. Of the 300 in the company, 280 are conscripts.

The Royal Guard Company
Vagtkompagniet
Emblem for the Danish Royal Life Guards Guard Company.svg
Emblem for the Danish Royal Life Guards Guard Company
Active1659 – present (360 years ago)
Country Kingdom of Denmark
Branch Royal Danish Army
TypeFoot Guards
RolePublic Duties
Size300
Part ofRoyal Life Guards
Garrison/HQRosenborg Castle
Nickname(s)Livgarden, Garden
Motto(s)Pro Rege et Grege (For King and people)
Stable beltStable belt LG.PNG
WebsiteOfficial website
Commanders
Current
commander
Major S.P. Østergaard
Ceremonial chiefHM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

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OrganisationEdit

There are 3 Guard teams, made of approximately 80 conscripts and 8 sergeants. The teams are arranged by height, with the tallest conscripts serving in 1st team and the lowest in 3rd team.[1]

Guard dutiesEdit

The Guard Company provide a permanent guard at the Amalienborg Palace, Kastellet (part of the old fortification of Copenhagen), Rosenborg Castle/garrison of the Royal Life Guards in Copenhagen and the garrison of Høvelte. On occasions guard is kept at Fredensborg Palace, Marselisborg Palace, Gråsten Palace, Christiansborg Palace and other locations inside the Danish realm.

Drum CorpsEdit

One part of the Guard Company is the Fife and drum corps (Danish: Livgardens Tambourkorps), which consists of 8 drums and 8 fifes. It originally consisted of conscripts, however, after the Defence agreement 2005–09 which changed the conscription time for Life Guards from 12 to 8 months, there was not enough time to train the conscripts. The corps is therefore mostly enlisted.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Guard Company's History". forsvaret.dk/LG (in Danish). Forsvaret. Retrieved 11 April 2016.

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