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Happy 364th, Danish Royal Life Guards

On Friday, 24 June, the Danish Kongelige Livgarde (The Royal Life Guards) held an Anniversary Parade at the Livgardens Barracks on the occasion of the upcoming 364th anniversary of the establishment of the guards on 30 June 1658.

The event, which had been canceled the past couple of years due to Covid, was attended by Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark and commander-in-chief of the Danish Defence Force.

As the famed unit is made up of three battalions (with I. Bataljon and II. Bataljon being front-line mechanized infantry and III. Bataljon detailed for training and ceremonial duties) Margrethe inspected all three in turn.

Note the Colt-Canada C7/C8 rifles, variants of the M16A2 and M4A1. The unit formally carried the M1 Garand, or Garandgevær M/50, on parade as late as the 1990s.

Danish Minister of Defense Morten Bødskov also visited to inform II. Bataljon it would deploy to Latvia this fall.

Happy Anniversary!

Soldat fra 1/I/LG affyrer en granat under en skarpskydning i Raghammer på Bornholm. Foto: Funder Jensen