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Changing of the Guard

The National Guards Section of Bulgaria aims to demonstrate the independence of Bulgaria – the state and the president. It protects the head of state and raises the spirit of the army and the people. The Guard is one of the symbols of the Bulgarian state along with the flag, the anthem and the coat of arms of the Republic.In 1879, Prince Alexander I Battenberg set up his personal guard. On July 12, 1879, the first official escort of the Bulgarian prince took place. Today, the Guard is called the National Guards Section and, as a structure, it is comparable to an Army Regiment, but its number is more like a battalion, with 315 civilian guards, of which 243 were occupied by July 2011. In 2001 the National Guards Section was established as a representative military formation of the Bulgarian Army. Includes military units for military honors and a representative brass band. The National Guards Section is carrying out the ritual “Successful change of the honorary guard in front of the Presidency” for the first time on November 5, 2003. A roundabout is being replaced at the office of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Guards uniform was created in 1883 and includes elements of national symbolism. Since then, the eagle feather of the cap and the Alexandrovska star have always been in uniform. The Alexandrovska star is part of the Bulgarian royal order “St. Alexander “and is worn on the Guardside cap since 1883.

Written by Georgi Tsachev

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