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VATICANCITY
The only remaining
Swiss Guards are the
ones at the Vatican (they
served in European royal
courts from the late
15th century until their
service was outlawed by
the Swiss government in
1927). Known for their
loyalty and discipline,
they wear a Renaissance
tri-coloured tunic – and
carry a pole weapon, the
halberd – when on public
duty or during religious
ceremonies. A simpler
blue uniform is worn
for day-to-day duties
that include protecting
the pope.
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UK
With their red tunics
and bearskin helmets,
the guards have been a
fundamental component
of English identity since
the 1600s. The daily
changing of the guard –
or GuardMounting – at
BuckinghamPalace (and
St James’ Palace) is one
of elaborate tradition,
and is accompanied
by the band playing
military music and
sometimes, pop tunes.
The operational soldiers
of the British Army
also protectWindsor
Castle and the Tower
of London.
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SOUTHKOREA
Troops protecting Seoul’s
Deoksugung Palace
perform a procession
three times a day
between Tuesday and
Sunday. Accompanied
by traditional music, and
armed with swords and
pikes, they reenact the
historic changing of the
gate guard, including
exchanging a password.
Opening the gate to the
city, they march to the
beat of a drum before
posing for photos with
visitors. Tourists can
apply online to don a
uniform and be part of
the ceremony.
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MOROCCO
They are resplendent
in their bold traditional
uniform of a tunic – red in
winter, white in summer
– with a fez and flowing
cape. TheMoroccan
Royal Guard – part of the
Royal Moroccan Army
– is made up of 6,000
troops, who accompany
the king onMoroccan
soil and protect the
royal family and palaces,
and theMausoleum of
Mohammed V in Rabat.
The original guards were
known as the Black
Guards, formed in 1088
to protect Almoravid
ruler Yusuf ibn Tashfin.
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GREECE
Typically found standing
to attention outside
monuments (like the
Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier) and the
Presidential Mansion
in Athens, the Evzones
(Greek Presidential
Guard), was formed in
1868. Their traditional,
handmade uniform
includes a kilt-like
fustanella and pom-pom
tipped tsarouchia shoes
(each weighing 3kg).
They also raise and lower
the flag on the Acropolis.
Watch their changing
of the guard outside the
Greek Parliament.
Elite protectors of their nation’s head continue a proud military
tradition. Their duties are accompanied by much pomp and pageantry.
BY NICK WALTON
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