• Photo: Kim Svensson/Swedish Armed Forces
  • Photo: Niklas Ehlén/Swedish Armed Forces

The Royal Guards

The Royal Guards perform state ceremonial duties on behalf of the Swedish Armed Forces. They also take part in royal ceremonial occasions, official state visits, the opening of parliament, Swedish National Day, formal audiences, the official opening of the Swedish Academy, naval visits etc.

The Royal Guards are responsible, in cooperation with the police and palace authorities for guarding The Royal Palace of Stockholm and Drottningholm Palace. The Royal Guards are also part of the defence force of the centre of Stockholm.  When guard duties are required, The Royal Guards also act as honorary guard to HM the King.

Changing the Guard takes place every day of the year. However the march through the city of Stockholm with military band is usually only during the summer months from May to August.