The Life Guards' Dragoon Battalion
In the cortège after the wedding, the bridal couple was escorted by a mounted squadron from the Life Guards' Dragoon Battalion. The procession was led by a trumpeter, followed by the Captain with his aide and staff trumpeter, the Life Guards' standards with their standard bearers and a troop of horsemen ahead of the Bridal Couple's carriage. The Major on duty rode by the carriage, which was followed by a second troop of horsemen.
The Life Guards' Dragoon Battalion The Life Guards' Dragoon Battalion (formerly the Life Guards' Dragoons) has two histories from the two guards cavalry regiments that merged in 1927. One has its origins in the mounted soldiers that were organised in Central Sweden during the 16th century. From 1636 they were called the Uppland Horsemen. In 1667, this troop was promoted to the Horse Life Regiment, since renamed the Royal Life Regiment Dragoons. The other is a younger troop: the Finnish Light Dragoon Corps, which was established in 1770. The commander, Colonel Sprengtporten, supported Gustav III's political revolution and sailed to Stockholm in 1772 with his dragoons. After this the corps was promoted to the Light Dragoons of the Life Guard, known from 1806 as the Royal Horse Life Guard.
The Life Dragoons The Life Dragoons wear a light blue uniform from 1895 with silver helmet and white plumes. In general they ride chestnut horses. The entire Life Guard bears H.M. The King's monogram on their epaulettes, shoulder straps and saddle blankets.
Royal crown on the Life Guards' standard The Life Guards' standard bears the Royal Crown on one of the 16 battle honours (Lund 1676), which was commanded by King Karl XI himself. Both predecessors of the Life Dragoons took part in all of Sweden's campaigns between 1526 and 1815.