A message from the Head of the Palace Guards, Commander Martial Pied.


Welcome to the Palace Guards website

You will discover a unit which is unique in terms of both its history and the men who make it up; a unit with a very specific mission to serve the Royal Family.

If you are interested in this prestigious unit and wish to apply, or to share this with your children, grandchildren or relatives, I would stress the sense of commitment, sharing and community life, the selflessness and zeal involved in agreeing to lay down your life for the Sovereign Prince.

With a company of 124 men, the Palace Guards operate as an independent unit. The rich diversity of our men and their numerous special skills mean that the Palace Guards are highly responsive and adaptable, carrying out many daily tasks, from protocol assignments to the protection of property and the Royal Family.

Humble and respectful, each Palace Guard is committed to serving with “Honour, Loyalty and Devotion”.
Be curious, please feel free to get in touch with us, and to become an ambassador for us. We recruit every year! Dare to commit to a career in Principality, as part of a unit which has been serving the Princes of Monaco for more than 200 years, the Palace Guards!

Since it was founded in 1817, the mission of the Company of Palace Guards has been:

  • To guard the Palace, with a changing of the guard ceremony each day at 11.55 am
  • To ensure the security of His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince and the Princely Family
  • To furnish the Sovereign Prince with an honour guard 
  • To ensure that laws are enforced and contribute to maintaining public order

In the Principality, the Palace Guards provides an honour guard in full-dress uniform. When requested, it escorts the judiciary. It takes part in official, civil and religious ceremonies, military reviews and parades.
The Company currently has 124 men: 3 officers, 5 senior noncommissioned officers, 19 noncommissioned officers and 97 privates.


Photo de la Compagnie des Carabiniers 2017


The Palace Guards, whose history is closely linked to that of the Royal Family, is the successor to several guards, dating back to the Middle Ages.

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