Royal Horse Guards (Denmark)

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Royal Horse Guards
Livgarden til Hest
Royal Danish Horse Guards 1848 (Otto Bache).jpg
Royal Horse Guards at Korsør on the way to the front line in Schsleswig during the First Schleswig War in 1848. Painting by Otto Bache from 1888.
Active Jan 1661-31 May 1866
Country  Denmark
Branch Flag of Denmark (state).svg Royal Danish Army
Type Cavalry
Role Guard and escort duty
Size 675 men at its height in 1714
Part of Royal Life Guards
Garrison/HQ Hestegardekassernen [1]
Engagements
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Friedrich von Arensdorff[2]
Members of the Royal Danish Horse Guards

The Royal Horse Guards (Danish: Livgarden til Hest) was a Cuirassier regiment in the Royal Danish Army which was founded on orders from King Frederick III in January 1661 and discontinued on 31 May 1866. It served both as Royal Guards and as a front line cavalry unit.[3]

History[edit]

The Royal Danish Horse Guards was founded on orders from King Frederick III in January 1661.[4] They were based at Frederiksholm Canal next to Copenhagen Castle which was later replaced with Christiansborg Palace.

The Royal Horse Guards played a particularly active role in the Battle of Helsingborg in 1710 and the Battle of Gadebusch in 1712 during the Great Northern War.[4]

The regiment was disbanded on 31 May 1866. It had served both as Royal Guards and as a front line cavalry unit.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frederiksholms Kanal 26-28 / Vester Voldgade 119a-b-123". Indenforvoldene.dk (in Danish). 
  2. ^ "Friederich Zintgraff". Bendette.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Livgardeeskadronen 1848" (in Danish). Dansk Militærhistorisk Selskab. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 
  4. ^ a b c "Livgardeeskadronen 1848" (in Danish). Dansk Militærhistorisk Selskab. Retrieved 2011-06-28.