ROYAL GÖTA LIFEGUARDS
I 2 P 1
The regiment traces its heritage back to the in Stockholm garrisoned
III. battallion of the Widow queens regiment raised in 1772. The rest of the
regiment was part of the army in Finland and in 1793 the battalions ties to the regiment
were severed and it was merged into the liferegiments brigade as the enlisted
battallion of the liferegiments brigade. In 1803 the battallion was transformed into
the finnish guards regiment. Due to the loss of Finland the battallion lost its
guardsstatus in 1808 and was named the Af Paléns regiment while it absorbed part
of the swedish guards regiment. The latter had been raised in 1790 partly with by
absorbing the Sandels jaegers on foot. The regiment was granted guards status
again in 1809 named the second lifeguards, I 2, later the name was changed to Göta
lifeguards. It was part of the Stockholm garrison until 1939 when it was relocated to
Enköping. In 1928 the Vaxholms grenadier regiment was absorbed into the
regiment. In 1939 the regiment was disbanded but it was re-raised in 1943 as an armored
regiment, P 1, with the name Göta armored lifeguards. The name Göta
lifeguards was assumed in 1963. Between 1/4 1944 and 31/3 1963 one company was
detached to Gotland as P 1 G. This unit was absorbed by Gotlands infantry
regiemnt as it transformed into an armored regiment. The tankcadre of P 18 still uses the
old color of P 1 G as its own companybanner and the sleeve marks carries the colors of the
Göta lifeguards. The regiment itself was disbanded in 1981.
The regiments color was red.
The regiment as a lifeguards regiment used the namechiffer of the
ruling monarch in silver .
This is due to the fact that Sandels jaegers on foot took part
in that battle.
10th of July, the anniversary of the battle of Svensksund