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Re: Svejtsere - not guards - at Amalienborg
And were they originally from Switzerland? Are they still or is the name derived from something else?
I don't know and did not find an explanation but I would imagine that the name drives from the Swiss Guards in the Vatican. The staff is not from Switzerland.
The svejtsere - as they are correctly spelled - are not soldiers but court officials who attends to the gates, similar to the role of a concierge. They wear a white uniform.
the guard soldiers are Danish. It's part of the army.
I might be off but i believe only three Swiss guards existed that were filled by Swiss. The Garde Suisse of the French kings until the Revolution. The Swiss guard of the Prince of Orange, stadholder of the United Provinces (their colourful costumes resemble those of the only remaining Swiss guard) and the sole one still in existence: the Swiss Garde of the Pope.
So why is/was this particular personnel referred to as 'Schweizeren'? Was this related to the Swiss Guard that protected the former French royal family or present day pope?
Thanks/Tak! I wasn't sure what they meant by 'gatekeeper' in the cited link. I was only aware that the Royal Lifeguards are posted at various points, e.g., the red M2R posts, at the palace and the Queen's other residences, etc.
Quoted from https://www.kristeligt-dagblad.dk/mennesker/døde-996
( in Danish )
"The Swiss (Schweizeren) was the gatekeeper [ a staff member ] of the royal castles at the time and thus the first to accept the royal family's private and official guests."
"Schweizeren var datidens portner ved de kongelige slotte og dermed den første, der tog imod kongefamiliens private og officielle gæster. "