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Saudi Arabian Royal Guard
الحرس الملكي السعودي
Active3 November 1803 (218 years
ago by Imam Saud al Kabeer)[1]
Country Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
AllegianceCustodian of the Two Holy Mosques
Branch
TypeRoyal Guard
RoleCeremonial guard, light infantry
Part of
  • Royal Guard Presidency
  • Royal Guard Emirate (1953– 1964)
  • Minstary of Defense (1933– 1953)
Garrison/HQRiyadh
Commanders
Current
commander
General Suheil al-Mutiri
Members of the Saudi Royal Guard Regiment with President Trump and King Salman in May 2017.
Members of the Saudi Royal Guard Regiment with President Trump and King Salman in May 2017.

The Saudi Arabian Royal Guard (Arabic: الحرس الملكي السعودي Al-Ḥars al-Malakī as-Suʿūdī) is a unit in the Saudi military forces. Originally an independent military force, the Royal Guards were incorporated into the Armed Forces since its inception until 1953. It is not to be confused with the SANG. However, the Royal Guards still retained their unique mission of protecting the House of Saud. Units of the Royal Guard protect the King of Saudi Arabia and other relatives at all times.[2]

The Royal Guards report directly to the king and for security reasons maintain a separate communications network from the regular Army.

Members of the Royal Guard Regiment often wear the flowing white thaub (robe) and white kaffiyah and qhutrah (traditional Arab headgear of skullcap and scarf). Royal Guardsmen wear bright green berets when in conventional uniforms.

The Royal Guard Regiment consists of three light infantry battalions, based near Riyadh. The commander of the Royal Guard is General Suheil al-Mutiri.

Mission, Engagement and Responsibilities of the Royal Guard

Mission

To carry out all procedures to ensure the security and protection of the King and the Crown Prince within and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and by using all available means to achieve this.

The head of the royal guard is directly linked to the Saudi king.

Duties

Uniforms

The royal uniform of the Royal Guard consists of four models: the official form of the shirt, the dark green trousers, the green headgear, the green shirt, the combat model: the camouflage cap, Black hat and black hat for the unit and battalion of protection and promotion and the protection units close to the King and senior guests of kings and heads of state.

Ranks

Insignia for different ranks
Insignia for different ranks

Officers (up)

Officers (down)


Enlisted

References

  1. ^ Khatab, Sayed (2011). Understanding Islamic Fundamentalism: The Theological and Ideological Basis of Al-Qa'ida's Political Tactics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9789774164996. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ Royal Saudi Land Forces