Swiss Guard--On May 4,1998, the guard experienced one of its greatest scandals in more than 100 years when the commander,Alois Estermann and his wife ,were murdered in unclear circumstances in Vatican City.They were killed by the young guardsman Tornay, who later committed suicide.
Swiss Guard at the Vatican- Recruits to the guard must be Catholic, single males with Swiss citizenship who have completed basic training with Swiss military and can obtain certificates of good conduct.Recruits must have a professional degree or high school diploma, must be between 19 and 30 years of age,and at least 5 feet 8.5 in. tall.
The Swiss Guard at the Vatican City, Rome - where to see them and who they are.
The Papal Swiss Guard: a police force like no other in the world. If you're in Rome you'll be sure to see them. Here's what they do, where they come from and where the best places for a good photo-call are.