Visit to the Spanish Royal Guard Barracks,
HQ FC MADRID NCO Education and Training Program for 2013
The visit to the Royal Guard was attended by 54 participants, who arrived at the Cuartel del Rey barracks at 10:30.
Colonel ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO, Commander of the Spanish Royal Guard, welcomed the group from FCMD in the Cafetín Moro, formerly the Moorish Guard officers’ mess, briefly outlining the Royal Guard’s main characteristics: Its mission to protect and escort His Majesty the King and his family, as well as visiting Heads of State; and its composition, made up of approximately 1600 members from all services.
The visit began with a briefing by Major QUIJANO, responsible for institutional relations, with a clear explanation of the Royal Guard’s present day organization, means and missions, followed by a video showing further details of the regiment’s current activities.
The party moved to the main attraction, the Royal Guard museum. A group photo was taken, after which the party divided into two, each with a knowledgeable guide, to visit the Royal Guard museum which illustrates the history, heritage and missions of this regiment from the time of the Catholic Kings to the present today with a collection including uniforms, documents, weapons and motor vehicles.
This was followed by a coffee break, before walking to the adjacent Cuartel de la Reina barracks where Lieutenant Castizo led a tour of the stables, viewing the pure-bred Spanish stallions used in parades, patrols and escort missions, and the Hispano-Breton heavy horses for the battery trains, and the Cuarto de Corazas or armoury.
At 14:00 the group stopped for an excellent lunch at a nearby restaurant in El Pardo, and returned to Retamares at 14:30.