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"The Senate Guards surely afford more than adequate protection…"
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine[src]

The Senate Guard, sometimes called the Blue Guard, was an elite unit, stemming from the Republic Senate Guardsman of old, established to protect senators, the Supreme Chancellor, and other ranking members and buildings of the Galactic Republic government.

History

The Senate Guard was arranged into military-style units and held military-style ranks. The commander of the Senate Guard was the Captain of the Guard, while the head of the Grand Convocation Chamber detachment was referred to as the Sergeant at Arms and sat in the central Chancellor's podium. They were responsible to a Senate committee.

Guards were trained at the Guards' Academy and were based at Senate Guard Headquarters. By the end of the Republic, membership in the Senate Guard appeared to, at least unofficially, be hereditary.

The Guard were taught a form of martial art known as Hijkata, given extensive blaster training, and instructed in the use of a blaster pike. Senate Guards wore stylized yet sturdy body armor and were armed with ceremonial weapons that were replaced with modern blasters when required. In addition to their work as bodyguards and police, the Guard also investigated crime scenes, often alongside the Jedi.

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A Senate Guard in 19 BBY.

During the Clone Wars, Chancellor Palpatine created a new unit from select members of the Senate Guard, termed the Red Guard, which took over responsibility for the Chancellor's security, consisting mostly of elite Senate Guards. There was also a cosmetic change for the Blue Guard; the elaborate crests were removed from their helmets, and the open face was covered by a black visor similar to that of the Red Guard.

After the creation of the Galactic Empire, the Red Guard became the Emperor's Royal Guard, and the Senate Guard was gradually phased out. However, as of two weeks into the Empire's rule, the Senate Guard was still important enough to be made privy to the prosciption list of Palpatine's first purge of the Imperial Navy. It is possible the treason exhibited by several of the Guardsmen in helping one of their own escape the purge helped in the decline of the Guards' authority. By this time, the Senate Guard armor had been modified once again, with the black visor removed and the crest reduced in size.

Behind the scenes

The Hasbro toys name the Senate Guards as the Coruscant Guard. It is possible that "Coruscant Guard", although the name of an Imperial stormtrooper variant, could have been another name of the Senate Guards.

When they first appeared in The Phantom Menace, they were intended to be the direct predecessors of the Royal Guard. However, this idea was abandoned in Attack of the Clones, where they appear side-by-side.

Appearances

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A Senate Guard.

Sources

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Senate Guards attempt to restrain a protestor in front of the Senate Building.

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