Royal Guard Company (Denmark)

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
Emblem of the Danish Royal Life Guards Guard Company
Active1659 – present (364 years ago)
Country Kingdom of Denmark
Branch Royal Danish Army
TypeFoot Guards
RolePublic Duties
Size300 (about 400 after 1st of December 2019)
Part ofRoyal Life Guards
Garrison/HQRosenborg Barracks
Nickname(s)Livgarden, Garden
Motto(s)Pro Rege et Grege (For King and people)
Stable belt
WebsiteOfficial website
Major H. C. Rørvang
Ceremonial chiefHM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

Organisation edit

There are 4 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 shortest in 4th team.[1]

Guard duties edit

The Royal Life Guards 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 Corps edit

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.

Traditions edit

Uniform edit

The review order uniform of the Royal Life Guards, worn while they are on guard duty, consists of bearskin headdresses, dark blue tunics and light blue trousers with white stripes. The ceremonial uniform, worn on special state occasions, substitutes a scarlet tunic for the dark blue.[2] The bearskin dates from 1803 and is decorated with the regiment's bronze cap badge (the Sun and Royal Coat of Arms).[3] Symbolic infantry sabers are carried by the rank and file. These were part of the spoils from the First Schleswig War of 1848–1851 and were originally derived from a French infantry weapon.

Queen's Watch edit

The regiment holds a traditional military parade every November at their barracks known as the "Queen's Parade". Following the parade, the sovereign hands over the “Queen’s Watch” to one guard for his/her exceptional service in the regiment. It has been a tradition since 1970, when Frederik IX first handed over a watch at a parade. Two years later, the "King’s Watch” was redubbed as the "Queen’s Watch” following the assumption of the current Danish monarch to the throne. The guard is appointed by their superiors and fellow soldiers.[4]

Image gallery edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Guard Company's History". (in Danish). Forsvaret. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  2. ^ Rinaldo D. D'Ami, page 83 "World Uniforms in Colour" Vol. 1, SBN 85059 031 0
  3. ^ Rinaldo D. D'Ami, page 84 "World Uniforms in Colour" Vol. 1, SBN 85059 031 0
  4. ^ "Queen Margrethe attends military parade in Copenhagen". Royal Central. 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2020-12-05.

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