Karis orders Kadriorg honor guard to return to ceremonial uniform | New
Guard battalion commander Lt. Col. Margot Künnapuu told ETV “Ringvaade” on Wednesday that: “This is the president’s decision and for us it is an order from the commander Supreme Defense Forces, to change the camouflage uniforms prior to those of the Honor Guard ”, while the EDF personnel thus dressed were in the studio for a demonstration.
“All of these soldiers who can be seen parading past Kadriorg as a guard of honor are ordinary soldiers from the EDF Military Police Guards Battalion (Sõjaväepolitsei), part of whose service requirements are to provide this service, ”she continued.
“It’s based on the principle of honesty, meaning that everyone carries the same burden,” she added.
In addition to the permanent guard outside Kadriorg, the Guard of Honor appears at major national ceremonies, such as Independence Day, February 24, as well as at more modest ceremonies such as foreign ambassadors. presenting their credentials.
Künnapuu said: “We usually have at least one per month, when the president receives the credentials from the ambassadors, and as a national ceremony, we have a whole honorary company, i.e. 69 soldiers, with the commander, “adding that the guard of honor outside Kadriorg was in place 24/7.
Attending the honor guard is neither a privilege nor a punishment, he added, but a normal part of the service.
The switch to the DPM-style dress took place without much fanfare earlier this year, with speculation once it was noticed, especially if it was a cost-cutting measure following the cuts. budget announced by the government. While the former EDF commander and current reformist MP Ants Laaneots said the change was not a cause for alarm, there were also many calls for the return of the uniform.
Alar Karis was sworn in on Monday, and he and his wife are expected to reside full time in the house, erected in the 1930s next to Kadriorg Palace, a much older building.
Future developments planned at the President’s Residence include enhanced security infrastructure – the parade ground is currently wide open to the public street that runs alongside it – and developments in the rose garden to the rear of the house.