At the start of Sweden's period as a great power, the bodyguards performed their duties on foot. They often carried partisans, a type of polearm, and formed a special part of the troop of guards subordinate to the Chief of the Guards.
Karl XI established a lifeguard troop with mounted bodyguard company. The company functioned both as a combat troop and inner guard of the highest quality.
In 1700, Karl XII took direct command of the Royal Life Guard Corps and made them into an elite troop. The move was emphasised by the normal life guards being given the rank of cavalry captain.
Following the death of Karl XII, the Life Guard Corps became a palace guard for court duties. The corps was disbanded by Karl XIV Johan in 1823.
Today's bodyguards wear uniforms copied from the time of Karl XI.
At the Royal Palace, the outer and inner royal bodyguard halls in the King's and Queen's old apartments were guarded by royal bodyguards and life guards, who stood at their posts by the doors.