Royal Guards (Sweden)

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Royal Guards
Swedish: Högvakten
Överkommendanten i Stockholm vapen.svg
Coat of arms of the Royal Guards and the Commandant General in Stockholm.
Country Sweden
AllegianceKing Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
BranchFörsvarsmakten vapen bra.svg Swedish Armed Forces
RoleHonor guard
Garrison/HQStockholm Palace
Drottningholm Palace
Services includedCoat 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

The Royal Guards (Swedish: Högvakten) is the King of Sweden's cavalry and infantry guards of honour of the Swedish Armed Forces, tasked with the protection of the Swedish Royal Family. The Royal Guard is normally divided in two parts, the main guard stationed at the Stockholm Palace, and a smaller detachment at Drottningholm Palace. The Royal Guards units has continuously guarded the Swedish royal family in Stockholm since 1523.

The duty of forming a "Royal Guard" is rotated by all serving regular and reserve armed forces, including the Home Guard. However, these detachments only serve for about 5–7 days in each rotation, so most of the year the duty is carried out by the Life Guards regiment of Stockholm, consisting of four battalions, one light infantry, two security, and one guard battalion. Tracing its history through the Household Brigade and Svea Life Guards and Life Guard Dragoons back to the original Royal Guards, this is what constitutes the regiment's claims to being one of the oldest military units and formations in continuous operation.

Between April and August, the mounted squadrons in light blue full dress uniforms and silver pickelhaube helmets and the companies in dark blue full dress uniforms with black pickelhaube helmets, both of the Life Guards, can be seen in Stockholm street parades and around the Royal Palace. Accompanied by the mounted band, they depart from the K1 Cavalry barracks in Gärdet, and arrive at the Palace around noon (1 p.m. on Sundays and public holidays) for the changing of the guards ceremony. These events attracts large numbers of tourists each summer.[1][2]

In the regular guard mounts, the regular royal guard contingent is composed of the personnel from the King's Guards Battalion, Life Guards.



  1. ^ "Högvaktens vaktavlösning vid det Kungliga slottet i Gamla Stan" [Changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Gamla Stan] (in Swedish). Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  2. ^ "Högvakten" [High guard] (in Swedish). Royal Court of Sweden. Retrieved 2019-07-18.