Royal Life Guards (Denmark)

Royal Life Guards (Denmark)
Den Kongelige Livgarde
Den kongelige livgarde.jpg
Cap Badge of the Royal Life Guards
Active 1658-
Country Denmark
Branch Army
Type Foot Guards
Role 1st Battalion - Armoured Infantry
2nd Battalion - Armoured Infantry
3rd Battalion - Training
Size Three battalions
Part of Hærens Operative Kommando
Garrison/HQ I. Bataljon - Høvelte
II. Bataljon - Høvelte
III. Bataljon - Høvelte
Guards Company - Copenhagen
Motto Pro Rege et Grege (For King and People)
Engagements Northern Wars
Scanian War
Great Northern War
Napoleonic Wars
First War of Schleswig
Second War of Schleswig
Operation Weserübung
Battle of Denmark
War in Afghanistan (2001–present)
Post-invasion Iraq, 2003–present
Colonel Lasse Harkjær
Ceremonial chief HM Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
Ceremonial Changing of the Guard of Den Kongelige Livgarde in Copenhagen

The Royal Life Guards (Den Kongelige Livgarde) is an infantry regiment of the Danish Army, founded in 1658 by King Frederik III. It serves in two roles: as a front line combat unit, and as a guard/ceremonial unit to the Danish monarchy. The Royal Guards provide a permanent guard at the Amalienborg Palace, Kastellet (part of the old fortification of Copenhagen), Rosenborg Castle/garrison of the Royal Guards in Copenhagen and the garrison of Høvelte. On occasions guard is kept at Fredensborg Palace, Marselisborg Palace, Gråsten Palace, Christiansborg Palace and other locations inside the Danish realm.

The ordinary uniform of the Royal Life Guards while they are on guard duty is dark blue. Their full dress uniform is very similar to that of the Foot Guards regiments of the British Army: a scarlet tunic; blue trousers; and a bearskin with the regiment's cap badge (the Sun and Royal Coat of Arms); together with the symbolic infantry sabre, which is part of the spoils from the First Schleswig War 1848-1850 and originally a French infantry sabre. During his time in the Danish forces, Crown Prince Frederik served a tour in the Royal Guards with the rank of Sergeant.

The regiment itself has three battalions:

  • 1st Battalion (I Bataljon) - Founded 1658. Armoured Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade
  • 2nd Battalion (II Bataljon) - Founded 1867. Armoured Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade
  • 3rd Battalion (III Bataljon) - Founded 1923. Training Battalion, 2nd Brigade


  •  United Kingdom - The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment (Queen's and Royal Hampshires) - Bond of Friendship

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