Just as the New Year Courts are a tradition here in DK, so is the speech by QMII on New Years Eve.
Each year, before the speech is aired, an honor guard march out and stand to attention.
When the speech is over, the royal anthem is played while the colour is lowered.
With Fredensborg Palace as background that made a really scenic picture: https://app.box.com/s/97hez7sg432xq1b66ajk
Standing guard on New Years Eve, especially during QMII's speech is a sought after duty and there is never a shortage of volunteers among the guardsmen.