Today, the Life Guards regiment is one of the largest units of the Swedish Armed Forces; a unit trained for many different tasks – everything from live operations, training conscript soldiers, mission training to defence music. However, the Life Guards are best known for their soldiers in blue uniforms that still guard the royal palaces.
The anniversary was celebrated in a corona-safe manner, by a wreath laying ceremony at the former regimental Gustaf Adolf church in Stockholm. A ceremony was also carried out in the town of Mora in Dalarna County, where the Life Guards originated. The Mora ceremony was attended by the Army Chief as well as parts of the Life Guards’ music corps.
During 2021, the jubilee will be highlighted by a variety of activities, adapted to the current pandemic and in line with the guidelines and recommendations of the Public Health Agency and the Armed Forces.
“In the anniversary year we will look back on the long history of the Life Guards and celebrate together. We will look back in order to be able to look forward. We need to know where our journey began, as we are now on our way to develop a new army organisation. And we have already come a long way”, says Colonel Stefan Nacksten, Commander of the Life Guards.