- Spanish Royal Guard
Infobox Military Unit
caption=At the crown's service.
motto="Por España, todo por España""For Spain, everything for Spain"
VIII century- present
garrison= Royal Places
General Prim General Castaños
The Royal Guard ("Guardia Real") is an independent unit of the
Spanish Armydedicated to the military protection of H.M. the King of Spainand 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 Spainand of the royal palaces like the Royal Palace of Madrid, the Palace of El Pardo, the Palacio de la Zarzuelaand others.
* [http://www.guardiareal.org/ Oficial page of the Royal Guard]
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