Caroliner at the fortress

Sunny out there


Guide at the Nya Älvsborg fortress silhouetted in the gateway to the castle. She was wearing a blue woolen Caroliner greatcoat, with polished golden buttons and a bunch of heavy keys on her belt, a tricorn hat and boots. She must have been really hot on this sunny day, though she didn’t show it.

Keys on a Caroliner belt


The Caroliners were the soldiers of Sweden during the reign of King Karl (Charles) XII (Carolus being the Latin form of his name). Karl XII ruled Sweden 1697-1718 and died (perhaps assassinated) on the battlefield during the war with Denmark 1717-1719. During this war Nya Älvsborg was besieged by the Danish navy.