The Crown Princess attends a Home Guard exercise in Dalarna

The Crown Princess with a Home Guard soldier from the Pioneer Platoon, which had been tasked with excavation work during the day.

The Crown Princess with a Home Guard soldier from the Pioneer Platoon, which had been tasked with excavation work during the day. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

On Wednesday 29 September, The Crown Princess visited the Home Guard's Borderland exercise at Rörbäcksnäs in Dalarna's Sälen Mountains.

The Crown Princess and the Chief of the Home Guard speak with one of the participants in the exercise.

The Crown Princess and the Chief of the Home Guard speak with one of the participants in the exercise. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Crown Princess was invited to the exercise by the Chief of the Home Guard, Major General Stefan Sandborg.

During the Borderland exercise, units from the Swedish Armed Forces' central military region – primarily the Dala Battalion – carried out tasks over the course of eight days.

The Swedish Armed Forces at one of the field kitchens used during the exercise.

The Swedish Armed Forces at one of the field kitchens used during the exercise. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

Exercise with the Norwegian Home Guard

During the day, The Crown Princess met many Swedish and Norwegian Home Guard soldiers who were taking part in the exercise.

The Borderland exercise was carried out near the Norwegian border, together with Norwegian Home Guard forces.

The Crown Princess took part in a medical exercise together with Swedish and Norwegian Home Guard soldiers.

The Crown Princess took part in a medical exercise together with Swedish and Norwegian Home Guard soldiers. Photo: Pelle T Nilsson/SPA

The Home Guard

The Home Guard is part of the Swedish Armed Forces' task force, and makes up almost half of the Armed Forces' personnel. The Home Guard troops are modern military units, and their main task is to defend, protect, oversee and support civilian society during times of crisis.

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