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Stockholm, Sweden 073 - Early morning - Royal Guard at the Stockholm Palace

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The Royal Guards (Högvakten), the Main Guard at the Stockholm Palace is carried out by different units of the Swedish Armed Forces and has responsibility for the protection of the Swedish Royal Family. The Royal Guard unit is usually divided into two parts, with the main force being stationed at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, with a smaller detachment at the Drottningholm Palace. The Swedish Royal Guard traces its history back to the early 16th Century, and the unit has continuously guarded the Royal Palace in Stockholm since 1523.

 

The Royal Guard is not only a task of the Livgardet of the Swedish Army. The duty of forming a "Royal Guard" is bestowed upon all serving regiments and on occasion of other detachments of the National Forces (like the Swedish Home Guard). However, these detachments only serve for about 5-7 days in each rotation, so the greater part of the year, the Royal Guard duty is being performed by the Livgardet, which derives its traditions and roots from the old Household Brigade and Svea Lifeguards.

 

Between April and August, the mounted companies of Livgardet can be seen in Stockholm and around the Royal Palace. Accompanied by the mounted music corps, they depart from the Royal Mews on Östermalm and arrives at the palace around noon for the relieving ceremony. These events attracts large numbers of tourists each summer.

  

La Guardia Real (Högvakten), principal custodia del Palacio de Estocolmo es llevada a cabo por diferentes unidades de las Fuerzas Armadas Suecas y tiene la responsabilidad de la protección de la familia real sueca. Las unidades de la Guardia Real están generalmente divididas en dos partes, con la fuerza principal estacionada en el Palacio Real de Estocolmo, y un pequeño destacamento en el palacio de Drottningholm. Se hallan huellas de la historia de la Guardia Real Sueca a principios del siglo 16, y la unidad ha vigilado el Palacio Real de Estocolmo desde 1523.

 

La Guardia Real no es sólo una tarea de la Livgardet del Ejército sueco. El deber de formar un "Royal Guard" es otorgado a todos los regimientos y en ocasiones a otros destacamentos de las fuerzas nacionales (como la Home Guard sueca). Sin embargo, estos destacamentos sólo sirven unos 5-7 días en cada rotación, por lo que la mayor parte del año, la Guardia Real está a cargo del Livgardet, cuyas tradiciones y raíces se remontan a la antigua Brigada Local y los socorrsitas de Svea.

 

Entre abril y agosto, las brigadas montadas del Livgardet pueden verse en Estocolmo y en todo el Palacio Real. Estos eventos atraen a un gran número de turistas cada verano.

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Taken on May 10, 2008