While the Old National Palace was still the king’s residence, two sets of sentries protected the front gate. One pair of guards from the Royal Malay Regiment stood at attention in their crisp white military jackets while holding a bayonet rifle at their side. Another pair in red uniforms where motionless on horseback. They are members of the Malaysian Royal Armored Corps mounted squadron. Although the Old Istana Negara is no longer the king’s residence, the guards have maintained a ceremonial presence.