Guard of honour

Guard of honour by the Life Guards’ Life Battalion. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

Guard of honour by the Life Guards’ Life Battalion. Photo: Sören Andersson/TT

The guard of honour at the christening was by the Life Guards. The guard of honour will wear the Life Guards’ dress uniform of 1886 with its plumed bicorne hat and rifle (old Svea Life Guards’ uniform).

The guard of honour stood in the Outer and Inner Courtyard and at the South Gate at the entrance of the Royal Chapel as the guests arrived. There was also a guard of honour along the route the guests took as they left the Royal Chapel.

About the Life Guards

The Life Guards date back to 1521, when 16 men from Dalarna were appointed to be Gustav Vasa’s bodyguards. Following his procession into Stockholm as the newly appointed King on Midsummer Day 1523, the bodyguards were elevated to the Life Guards, and they have taken part in court ceremonies ever since.