Royal wedding brings military to attention

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.

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