As usual a well balanced speech by QMII.
You should be able to see it here: https://www.dr.dk/tv/se/dronningens-...tarstale-12#!/
Let's have a look at the honor guard from the Royal Lifeguard Regiment.
Every time as far back as I can remember, and I think since the speeches were first shown live, the honor guard has turned out in front of Amalienborg during the speech.
To the delight of the several thousands who have made it a tradition to toast and start the celebration at Amalienborg Square.
All the guardsmen volunteer for duty on New Years Eve, and it's just as sought after duty as standing guard on Christmas Eve and indeed on QMII's birthday.
Let's see what happens here:
Most of the guardsmen who are not on sentry duty march out of the guardsroom that is always located in the mansion used by the Monarch. So When Frederik becomes king, they'll move to M&F's mansion.
They are accompanied by a drummer and a fifer, who are signalmen.
And followed by their senior NCO, who on this night double as colour-sergeant. As I understand it on this night they carry the regimental colour, complete with campaign ribbons, rather than the colour of the individual battalion. The regimental colour and the three battalion colours stand in the colour chamber inside the mansion, when not in use. There is also a room dedicated to the colours in M&F's mansion - for when the time comes.
Outside they line up with the colour-sergeant in front. The metal-stands next to the guardsmen were previously used to rest the muskets.
Being long and with an attached bayonet they were too unwieldy inside the guardsrooms, if the had to turn out in a hurry, so they stood ready and loaded outside.
By now the honor guard are joined by the commanding officers.
The officer in command this New Years Eve, has had a father and an uncle who served in the Lifeguard, but he is the first to serve on this day, so he was pretty pleased!
Once the commanding officer has taken command, the detachment await the speech, just as the rest of DK.
When QMII has finished her speech, the colour is lowered in salute while the rest of the detachment present arms and then the royal anthem is played.
- And that's it, the show is over and the guardsmen return to their quarters.