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Royal wedding brings military to attention

Published: 17 Oct 2009 10:04 GMT+02:00
Updated: 17 Oct 2009 10:04 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Armed Forces are beginning preparations for next year's royal nuptials and anticipate sending 3,000 soldiers to stand guard when Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria marries Daniel Westling in June.

The Life Guards regiment, with barracks based in Stockholm, have been given the job of coordinating military presence in the capital and overseeing the number of soldiers that will line the city streets.

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Beck-Friis Häll told the Blekinge Läns Tidning newspaper there is no shortage of interest to take part in the event.

”When the king and queen married in 1976 the cortège procession was flanked by 2,300 soldiers,” he said.

“We expect to have at least as many this time.”

Marine units will provide the majority of personnel and the 1st Marine Regiment in Stockholm are considering sending as many as 600 soldiers from the Victoria battalion alone.

The royal wedding takes place on June 19 at Storkyrkan in Stockholm's Old Town.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:29 October 17, 2009 by sherkovic
finally some work for swedish militaryy!! way t'go!!
15:19 October 17, 2009 by PrinceKnight
What a shame, that the couple picked the worst day of the week to get married: a Saturday. Perhaps they though, if they were to have it in a Wednesday (which might have been the best day of all), that many invited guests would not take off from work to attend? Oh, well: live and learn, I guess.

(I made the very mistake myself of marrying on a Saturday: having not listened to the old wives fables in good enough time.) Sadly, that they have chosen a Saturday: the marriage is doomed.

Eh, maybe I am just being too superstitious. (Time will tell.)
21:17 October 17, 2009 by peropaco
What a royal waste of my tax paying money.
06:11 October 18, 2009 by DaTraveler
They want to send 3,000 combat troops to watch a wedding, why not to Congo or Darfur or Afghanistan where they are needed or actually wanna serve. Swedish troops want some foreign service.
17:31 October 18, 2009 by badgerknox
Hey, 3000? Is that the entire Swedish army? Or will they have to conscript some more guys to fill that number out?
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