How huge is the Royal Guard?

12 04 2019

Does anyone know how big the Royal Guard is?

We ask because a recent announcement in the Royal Gazette states that the king has “retired” 1,261 officers. It goes on to name every single one of them.

Almost all of those listed are Army Generals, Lieutenant Generals and Major Generals or their rank equivalents in the Navy, Air Force and Police. There are a few who have ranks lower than generals.

The announcement has no statement of the reasons, but some social media accounts are that these are officers who are being retired and who are old.

That may or may not be true, but the capacity to send more than 1,200 very senior generals to retirement from those allocated to the palace suggests that that force is huge.


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