In Stockholm Sweden, the Changing of the Guard ceremony is one of the most popular attractions for visitors. This free 40-minute event in front of the King of Sweden’s residence takes place every day of the year. The guards are responsible for safeguarding the royal palace and are also part of the defense of Stockholm. They are an important part of the security force for the capital’s residents. The royal guard participates in royal ceremonial occasions, official state visits, the official opening of the Swedish Parliament, and other national events.