Spanish Royal Guard


Spanish Royal Guard

Infobox Military Unit
unit_name=Guardia Real


caption=At the crown's service.
motto="Por España, todo por España"
"For Spain, everything for Spain"
march=Marcha Real
type=Infantry and Cavalry
branch=
dates=VIII century - present
country=ESP
allegiance=King, Fatherland
size=
specialization=Protection
garrison= Royal Places
battles=
notable_commanders=General Prim
General Castaños
anniversaries=October 12

The Royal Guard ("Guardia Real") is an independent unit of the Spanish Army dedicated to the military protection of H.M. the King of Spain and the members of the Spanish Royal Family. It currently has a strength of 1,500 troops. While the guard does participate in parades and other ceremonial events, it is a fully functional combat unit. Its members are recruited from the ranks of all three branches of the Spanish Armed Forces and receive the same training as regular soldiers. Some units have served recently in Afghanistan.

The history of the Royal Guard dates back to Medieval times. The present functions of the unit include the protection of the members of Spanish Royal Family, of the foreign Chiefs of State in visit to Spain and of the royal palaces like the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Palace of El Pardo, the Palacio de la Zarzuela and others.

External links

* [http://www.guardiareal.org/ Oficial page of the Royal Guard]


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