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After the exile of Napoleon to Elba, the newly freed Kingdom of Sardinia and Piemonte (House of Savoy) decreed the formation of a form of gendarmerie, on the French Model, to serve as a Royal Police Force in Peacetime, and as a Military Police force in Wartime. As they were issued with short rifles and carbines, for mounted work, they were called "Carabinieri" (Carabineers) rather than the French Term "Gendarmes". The force is considered "The Senior Service" of the Italian (as it then became, after 1861) Army.

And they still wear their 1814 design uniform for special Parades, but with the M1891 (Carcano) Cavalry Carbine...Papal Audience 9th July 2014, courtesy Vatican City Television (Re-transmitted by RAI International/Foxtel.)

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I suspect the man on the right is either a cardboard cutout or else dead.
 
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