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Old 04-03-2009, 05:44 AM
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Expectant Princess Marie radiant at Danish military celebration


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Old 04-03-2009, 02:46 PM
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Mary looks very good in uniform!

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Old 04-06-2009, 03:19 PM
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I love the fact that CP Mary participated in this event as a soldier. She clearly enjoyed her military training, and is seems very proud to be able to be a part of the military.
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Old 11-01-2012, 01:27 PM
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Translation of a Q&A in Billed Bladet #44, 2012.

Where a Dora Anoldus would like to know whether the bear caps worn by the Royal Lifeguard Regiment are genuine.

Jon Bloch Skipper replies:
In England the ligeguard of Queen Elizabeth have begun to wear caps of synthetic fur, but here at home the Royal Lifeguards still use fur from black bears. (*)
This tradition from the beginning of the 1800s will not be changed despite wide spread critisism from animal rights organisations.
It needs to be added that the Lifeguard only use fur from black bears that are certified according to the Washington Convention about endangered animals. Black bears a protected but it's legal to shoot a certain number to cull the population.
Incidentally it takes an entire skin to manufacture one bear skin cap.

(*) By late 1700's the Royal Lifeguards had evolved into a grenadier regiment and such regiments typically used bearskin caps. Later on during the 1800's the regiment, just like other grenadier regiments, evolved into a heavy infantry of the line. By then the bear skin caps were typical of guards regiments.
In Britain there are several guards regiments taking turn in guarding QEII's palaces. Usually of a battalion size each.
In DK there is only one "guards battallion" and it's only of company size, so the need for bear skin caps is limited in comparison. And bearskin caps last for decades.

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Old 01-30-2014, 02:54 PM
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This is based on a Q&A in Billed Bladet #5, 2014.

Where a Johnnie Larsen would like to what rifle the Royal Lifeguard Regiment uses.

Jon Bloch Skipper gives a detailed but not complete reply, so I'll add some additional details.
The Lifeguard Regiment was formed during the Skanska Wars in mid 1600's and by then they would have looked like figure #21 in this illustration: By then they were equipped with pikes and matchlock muskets.

But technology went ahead and by the time of the great Nordic War, the flintlock musket had been introduced. Although the bayonets were jammed into the barrel for a few decades more and used more like a pike, until mid 1700's
See figure #37 in this illustration:

By the time of the Napoleonic Wars, uniforms and weapons had developed.
Here is a guardsman from 1807, still uniformed like a typical grenadier of the time:
The musket was this state of the art model:

By the mid 1800's that was hopelessly oldfashioned and the Remington Rifle M1867, percussion rifle was introduced. Firing a heavy 12 mm projectile.

It was soon obsolete and by the late 1800's the bolt actions Krag-Jørgensen rifle M1889 was introdued and used well into WWII. It was also used by the US army in the Phillippines, so American members may be familiar with the weapon?

Right after the Liberation in 1945 the first guards battalions standing guard for the DRF were issued with second hand German Mausers K98

But the Garand (M50) was soon introduced as the standard rifle and remained in use in the guards battallion well into the 1980's:

Until it was replaced by the German Hechler & Koch (M75), 7.62, a ridiculously easy to use rifle which I have carried around alot in my time! The Royal Lifeguard however used a model with an extended butt, to make it easier to use for tall guardsmen on the parade ground and with a special three round magazine:

Today however, the modern guardsman: use the Colt Canada C7 (M95) 5.56 Without the scope and with an extended rifle butt. - That weapon has actually been replaced by a more modern version, but it is used by the guards battallion because of it's length and because it to be honest is more pleasing to look at than the more functionalistic looking modern carbines.

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