I had forgotten that today was the 500th Anniversary of the foundation of the Swiss Guards. It seems that Cardinal Sodano celebrated a very beautiful Mass for them in the Sistine Chapel this morning.
Anyway, I decided to attend the Pope's Angelus this morning and was pleasantly surprised to hear the band of the Swiss Guards playing as I entered the Square.
It seems that most of the Corps were on parade.
Check our Rocco's translation of the Holy Father's remarks. (I too was disappointed that there was no consistory announced.)
More knowlegeable souls than myself will be able to tell me the significance of the various uniforms - I'm guessing we see here the uniforms of the Officers, NCOs and ordinary guards.