"Changing of The Guard -Royal Palace." Royal Palace Tip by suvanki
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The changing of the Guard takes place each day between 13.30 and 1400hrs, both at the Royal Palace, and at Akershus Fortress.
In the Summer, there is a parade with bandsmen between the Fort, via Karl Johans Gate to the Palace.
The Guards work a 2 hour shift.
Their distinctive uniform has hardly changed for over 140 years. Blue Jacket, Black Trousers, and plumed bowler hat. Apparently Princess Louise of Sweden liked the hats worn by the bersaglieri alpine soldiers of Italy, and insisted on the Norwegian Army changing to these in 1860 (An early version of Trinny and Susannah by the sounds of it!)
I had read that the guards will pose for photos, or answer questions, but these 2 didn't look too friendly- mind you it was less than -2, so I bet they were just praying for their shift to end, so they could get back into the warm!
The guards are part of His Majesty the Kings Guards or Hans Majestet Kongen Garde (HMKG) and are one of the Norwegian Armys most trained units.
Formed in 1856 by King Oscar of Sweden and Norway, they have a joint role of being lifeguards for The King and his family (Their motto is 'Alt for Kongen' - Everything for the King) , and responsibility for the defence of Oslo.
Guards who've completed their basic compulsory Military service (Females can volunteer for the guards) then undergo an intensive 5 week drill and combat training course, before they can take up their Royal Guard duties.
The HMKG is a batallion, with 6 companies, each having about 200 guards.
Each company specialises.
1. Rifle Guard
2. Escort Guards
3. Music and Drill (This company don't perform guard duties, but perform worldwide, and attend State occassions etc)
4.M.O.U.T. Military Operations on Urban Terrain (Training in combat in closed spaces and houses)
5.Staff and Support Company (responsible for activities such as transport and medical services within the camp)
6. Guards Recruit (Training School)
Address: Drammensueiein 1, N-0010- Oslo
othercontact: Tone.Lind. Jorgensen @slottet.no
Phone: +472204 8700
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