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An Institution such as the State President's Guard, has a long history and goes back to antiquity. Famous examples are the guards of King Xerxes of Persia and of more recent origin, the Swiss guard of the Vatican City. In the modern world these guards are the rule rather than the exception, in most states. The article below looks into the origin, functions and duties of inter alia the English Guard and the French Guard and the requirements for admission into these units. Also the origin anddoi:10.5787/17-1-427 fatcat:5s5qmwkt2rbclkchrd3gh5bqi4