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Palace guards in uniform pants appeal
Changing of the guard at the Royal Palace in Stockholm

Palace guards in uniform pants appeal

Published: 11 May 2010 11:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 May 2010 11:39 GMT+02:00

The Royal Court has sought the help of the Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) to lend appropriate attire for the guards at the new Haga Palace home of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, as their trousers have not yet arrived.

In a letter to the Armed Forces, the Royal Court explains that as the newly expanded team of guards will spend a large proportion of their duty time exposed to the elements they are in need of suitably rugged attire.

The Royal Court writes that the guards at the Haga park palace will need superior regimentals to those deployed to guard the Royal Palace in Stockholm explaining that uniforms have been ordered, but that they are not expected until August.

With an additional 12 staff due to join the surveillance team in mid-May, the Royal Court has now sought the aid of the armed forces to solve its palace pants shortage.

The Royal Court has asked for a total of 15 naval combat jackets and 12 pairs of naval combat trousers in order to ensure that the guards are wrapped up warm in time for the princess and Daniel Westling to move in after their June nuptials.

The Swedish government announced in April 2009 that Haga Palace was to be handed over for the use of Crown Princess Victoria.

The government had used the palace, which has also been known as the Queen's Pavilion, since 1966, when the then king, Gustaf VI Adolf, surrendered the royal right of disposal.

Haga Palace was designed by the city architect Carl Christoffer Gjörwell and was completed in 1804. The current king, Carl XVI Gustaf, and his sisters were born in the palace and lived there until the death of their father in a plane crash in 1947.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

03:15 May 12, 2010 by Da Goat
Surely someone can start up a Swedish sweat shop and make some trousers within the week August is a long way away surely someone's granny can hand stitch them before the wedding let alone August ! maybe we are waiting for the alpaca fleece to grow or something!
03:50 May 12, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
To Da goat: didn't your mother teach you that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything, just be quiet. I hope not all Swwedish people are so bitter about the royal wedding as you seem to be.
07:11 May 12, 2010 by caradoc
this is just "pants"
12:00 May 12, 2010 by Kevin Harris
Is it just me, but how on earth is this story interesting enough to be relevant to anyone other than the quartermaster of the guards?
17:43 May 15, 2010 by wenddiver
Nice spiked helmets. How do you wear one iinside of a SAAB?
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