Royalty Protection Unit (RPU)

The Royalty Protection Unit (RPU) is composed both the military and civilian guards charged with ensuring the safety of the Royal Family in times of peace, crisis and war. RPU has permanent sentry duty at the Royal Palace, The Prime minister’s Office,  Speaker and Deputy Speaker,  Chairman Council of Elders/Kingdom Tribunal, the Chairman Bugwere Cultural Council, Chairman Assembly of commons, Chairman Bugwere Cultural Electoral Commission, and the Royal Estates when in use, Bugwere Fortress and Royal Conventional Center and Royal Guards Training Camp.

Sentry duty at the Royal Palace and Fortress is performed in the characteristic ceremonial dress of the King’s Guard and focuses on ceremonial routines such as the changing of the guard. Security operations are conducted in close cooperation with the national police and Security Agencies.

Changing of the guard and Ceremonies

The main changing of the guard detail takes place daily at 13.30. During the Annual Anniversary Festival Concerts or drill exercises are often presented in conjunction with this ceremony.

Parade of the RPU

During the Month July Coronation Anniversary, members of the RPU march through the streets of the Kingdoms towns of Budaka, Kibuku, Pallisa and Butembo Led by a Royal Guards band, the parade begins at Royal Palace at 7.00 am with mounted police at the head. The parade route extends from the Palace square in all towns within the Kingdom and up to the Royal Palace again. The parade arrives at the Kingdom Square at about 11.30 and then performs the Royalty Protection Guard ceremony.

His Royal Highness the King’s Military Staff

His Royal Highness the King’s Military Staff consists of career officers and represents all two branches of the military: the Army Royal Guard Brigade and The Ikumbania Royalty Guards
The Military Staff is comprised of:

  • Chief of His Royal Highness The King’s Military Staff
  • Deputy Chief of the Kings Military
  • His Royal Highness The King’s Principal Aides-De-Camp (ADC)
  • Royal Guards

All ADCs at the Royal Palace are distinguished by an aiguillette (a braided, gold or silver cord) worn around the right shoulder.
The position of ADC is not open to application. It is a role that an officer is asked to assume, and it is considered to be an honor to be asked and to serve as an ADC.  ADCs are selected from among both female and male officers, and the appointments to duty take place in the culture council.

ADCs serve for a three-year period. Rotation is staggered, such that one Principal and one ordinary ADC are serving the King and one of the ADCs serving the Crown Prince are replaced on 1 July  every year.

Duties of the King’s Military Staff

The Principal ADCs have ceremonial as well as practical duties. They participate in and perform ceremonial tasks during presentations of letters to the King as well as in connection with state visits to Bugwere, gala banquets, lunches and other engagements at the Royal Palace.
Practical duties consist of project management related to large-scale events at the Royal Palace such as weddings, baptisms and other important occasions. The Principal ADCs have no fixed monthly duty but are summoned to service according to need.
The ADCs have fixed duty at the Royal Palace every third month and the service rotates among the three ADCs from each of the RPU branches. During the two months when the officers are not at the Royal Palace, they are on duty at their permanent places of work.
The Duties of the ADCs Consist Of:

  • Planning, coordination, facilitation and escort tasks related to the official programs of the King and the Queen
  • Planning and preparation of and participation in activities related to visits within Bugwere and abroad, including coordination of arrangements with hosts, county governors’ offices and Ambassadors, and necessary post-visit follow-up tasks
  • Planning and preparation of audiences, receptions and meetings
  • Ensuring that the King and the Queen have been provided with any necessary background material and assisting in practical matters in connection with official visits.
  • Organization

All officers who serve on the King’s Military Staff are permanent employees of the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF). The UPDF pays their salary and travel expenses, but the Royal Court provides them with office space and covers related expenses. The King’s Military Staff functions as a department of the Royal Court, and as Chief Officer, the Chief of the King’s Military Staff participates in the Kings Lord Secretary’s management group. The Chief Officer reports directly to the Kings Lord Secretary/Principle Private Secretary on a daily basis and in all matters pertaining to the Royal Palace. The Kings Lord Secretary assigns duties and issues instructions to the Chief Officer. In matters regarding the Armed Forces, the Chief Officer reports to the Chief of His Royal Highness the King’s Military Staff.