Royal Guards (Sweden)

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Högvakten
Royal Guards
Överkommendanten i Stockholm vapen.svg
Coat of arms of Royal Guard and Överkommendanten
Active 1523 - present
Country  Sweden
Allegiance Swedish Armed Forces
Branch Försvarsmakten vapen bra.svg Swedish Armed Forces
Type Coat of Arms of the Swedish Army Swedish Army
Coat of Arms of the Swedish Air Force Swedish Air Force
Coat of Arms of the Swedish Navy Swedish Navy
Role Honor guard
Garrison/HQ Stockholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace
Motto
Female Royal Swedish Guard in Stockholm.
Relieved guard after the changing of the guards ceremony at the Royal Palace. The clear blue uniform is used solely by the soldiers of the Cavalry Battalion.
Mounted Royal Guards in front of the palace.

The Royal Guards (Högvakten), the Main Guard at the Stockholm Palace is carried out by units of the Swedish Armed Forces. It is the King of Sweden's guard of honour and is responsible for the protection of the Royal Family. The Royal Guard is normally divided in two parts, the main guard stationed at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, and a smaller detachment at Drottningholm Palace. The 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 duty of forming a "Royal Guard" is bestowed upon all serving regiments and occasionally on other detachments of the National Forces (like the Home Guard). However, these detachments only serve for about 5–7 days in each rotation, so the main part of the year, the Royal Guard duty is being performed by the Lifeguards, with traditions and roots from the old Household Brigade and Svea Lifeguards.

Between April and August, the mounted squadrons of Livgardet can be seen in Stockholm and around the Royal Palace. Accompanied by the mounted band, they depart from the Cavalry barracks in Gärdet and arrive at the Palace around noon (1 pm on Sundays and public holidays) for the changing of the guards ceremony. These events attracts large numbers of tourists each summer.