By longstanding tradition dating back to Ludwig V's great grandfather, the colours of the Garde du Corps are used to wrap the body of the Margrave for burial. Johannes Ludwig II was killed on campaign against the Swedes in 1676. The soldiers of the Garde du Corps wrapped his body in their colours and returned him to his resting place in the cathedral of Odinburg.
This Christmas, after a suitable period of mourning for his father, the young Margrave Ludwig V presented to the Garde du Corps a new Colour bearing his arms. The soldiers in return presented their sovereign a fine stallion as befitting his dignity.