• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST AND MOST COLOURFUL BODYGUARDS, THE PAPAL SWISS GUARDS, TODAY (MONDAY) ENROLLED ONE OFFICER AND 31 RECRUITS IN A CEREMONY AT VATICAN CITY, ROME.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST AND MOST COLOURFUL BODYGUARDS, THE PAPAL SWISS GUARDS, TODAY (MONDAY) ENROLLED ONE OFFICER AND 31 RECRUITS IN A CEREMONY AT VATICAN CITY, ROME.WITH THE SUN GLINTING ON THEIR STEEL BREASTPLATES AND PEAKED HELMETS, THE MEN PARADED IN 16TH CENTURY UNIFORM OF BLUE, RED AND YELLOW, ORIGINALLY DESIGNED BY MICHELANGELO.

    DRAWN, ACCORDING TO TRADITION, FROM SWISS CITIZENS, THE RECRUITS EACH TOOK AN OATH ON THE VATICAN FLAG, SWEARING TO DEFEND THE POPE - A DUTY UPHELD BY THE SWISS GUARD SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1505.IN 1527, THE ENTIRE GUARD OF 143 MEN GAVE THEIR LIVES IN DEFENDING POPE CLEMENT VII WHEN HE FLED FROM ROME DURING AN AUSTRIAN INVASION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA51FUFGCPD5543DKJFMX2Z8OMK
    Media URN:
    VLVA51FUFGCPD5543DKJFMX2Z8OMK
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/05/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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