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The subject index / Palace Grenadiers Company

Palace Grenadiers Company

Categories / Army. Navy/Garrison
Categories / Capital/Imperial Court

PALACE GRENADIERS COMPANY, a special honour military unit, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Imperial Court. The company was formed in 1827 and staffed with enlisted guards who had distinguished themselves in the course of the Patriotic War of 1812 (120 men, including 69 recipients of the Order of St. George); later, the company was expanded with veteran guards (also by army veterans from 1900) who had served exceptionally for no less than 20 years and gained special honours in wars. The officers’ staff of the company could include only those promoted from the lower ranks and awarded with the Soldiers' Cross of St. George. The Palace Grenadiers Company performed the most exclusive honour guard duties at the Imperial residences, especially escorting the Emperor during major state ceremonies and standing guard over monuments to the Patriotic War of 1812. The company was disbanded in 1917. Its quarters were located in the Winter Palace, at the Guards Corps headquarters at 33 Millionnaya Street, and a few other locations.

References: Гринев С. А. История роты Дворцовых гренадер. СПб., 1912.

G. V. Kalashnikov.

Millionnaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 33

Гринев С. А. История роты дворцовых гренадер. СПб., 1912

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GUARDS, life guards, elite, privileged military unit. The Russian Guards were established by Peter I in 1700, when the Preobrazhensky and Semenovsky regiments gained the title of life guards

Ministry of the Imperial Court

MINISTRY OF THE IMPERIAL COURT and Principalities (in 1852-56 The Ministry of the Imperial Court) was established in 1826 by request of the Emperor, the Imperial Family, and the Imperial Court