Svea Life Guards is the world’s oldest active unit. The Life Guards date back to 1521, when the “Dalecarlians” (the people from Dalarna) appointed “16 tough men” to be the bodyguard of King Gustav Vasa.
When Gustav Vasa was elected king in 1523 he received the bodyguard named the King’s Guard.
Along with Gustav Wasa “Stockholmsfänikan” and the King’s Guard it formed the basis for the Svea Life Guards.
In 1617 Gustavus Adolphus put together the “Fänikan” and the Guard and called it the Life Guards Regiment. In 1792 Gustav III renamed the regiment to the “King Svea Life Guards”.