The Swiss guard

The papal guard of hired Swiss soldiers was created in 1505 and may owe it uniform to Michelangelo.

It’s one that’s difficult to miss – baggy trousers, tight wasp-waisted jerkin with wide sleeves, all in misnight-blue and duck-yellow stripes, with the red of underclothing showing, not to mention the white gloves and reffle, feathered iron helmet, halbert, and sword!

The Swiss guard is made up of four officers, 23 NCOs, 70 halberdiers and 2 drummers, all of whose job it is to watch over the sacred figure of the Pontif.