CE022 The Pope
As was said by more than a few collectors of this ceremonial range, “How can you have the Guard without showing us WHO they are guarding?”. Well, here is the latest incumbent Pontiff who resides in Vatican City dressed in his traditional white robes.
There are many ceremonial guard units and regiments around the world including the officers and men of ‘The Swiss Guard’ the soldiers who guard the gates of the Vatican City and protect the life of the Pope.
First recruited in 1505 from the German speaking cantons of Switzerland these Guardsmen have been described as ‘the most peaceful military unit in the world!’ The Swiss Guard has one Captain Commandant, two full Lieutenants and two Second Lieutenants, one Chaplain and fifteen Sergeants plus, of course, around 130 Guardsmen (including musicians).