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  1. Is there a special name to describe the formation of knights that form a row of arches with their swords (for a special person to walk through)?

  2. Was such a formation historically accurate, or only something depicted in movies and art?

  3. If real, which countries/cultures, time periods, and circumstances would it have been used in?

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    What, you mean like a saber arch? – congusbongus Mar 12 '16 at 23:42
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    I've always called it a Guard of Honour - for instance, for bride and groom leaving the church at a military wedding - but don't know if this is the formal name for it. – TheHonRose Mar 13 '16 at 1:02
  • A side note: this formation was sometimes used for punishment. – Deer Hunter Mar 13 '16 at 18:43
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    When one of the volunteer cleaners at our church got married, the other cleaners formed an Honour Guard/Arch - with mops! ;) – TheHonRose Mar 13 '16 at 23:00
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Congusbongus was correct. I'm submitting the answer because no answer has been submitted. I don't think it goes back to the middle ages. In the United States it's called the "saber arch" and we get it from the British Navy.

It's a tradition at weddings of military service members, typically when exiting the building in which the wedding ceremony took place. Typically performed by members of the groom/brides? service branch/unit.

Germany and Austria have a similar ceremony for fraternities. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saber_arch

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