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Evzoni,members of the Greek Presidential Guard,taking a first round after the changing of the guards in front of the Hellenic Parliament building.
Besides the Parliament,they guard the Greek Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Presidential Mansion.

The unique uniform is designed to be similar to the outfits worn by the klephts who fought the Ottoman occupation of Greece.
In 1833,the uniform of the Evzones was in the much-maligned Bavarian style,complete with pants,tailcoats&shako,distinguished only by green braid and plumes.In 1837,a new uniform was created based on the traditional fustanella style worn by the klephts,armatoli and many of the famous fighters of the Greek War of Independence.
At first,it was only issued to the native light infantry battalions,but its popularity led to its adoption as the official uniform of the Evzones in 1867.
The basic elements of the uniform are:
-the phareon,a scarlet garrison cap with a long black tassel
-a woolen fustanella kilt
-a cotton undershirt
-white woolen stockings
-black-tasseled knee garters(kaltsodetes)
-red `tsarouhi` leather clogs with a black pompon
-a leather cartridge belt & a M1 Garand semi-automatic battle rifle,with bayonet
The full-dress uniform is worn on Sunday,on important national holidays,at the reception of foreign dignitaries &other special occasions.It has a white,bell-sleeved shirt & a white fustanella with 400 pleats(commemorating the 400 years of Ottoman occupation)with the addition of a fancy gold-brocade waistcoat.
*from Wikipedia

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