Don't know how it is in Copenhagen and Malmö right now, but here in Jutland the wind has calmed down.
Anyway, in 2½ hours after this is posted the DRF will begin to arrive for the Grand New Year Court tonight.
DR1 will send live from 18.25, after the Prime Minister has delivered his New Year speech at 18.00.
You can already now test whether you are able to see anything outside DK by looking here: https://www.dr.dk/tv/live/dr1
If not keep an eye on BB's site, they are almost certainly also to send live, albeit only from one camera angle and most likely only from the outside.
Let's go through the show for newbies.
Tonight is for the absolute top of the state apparatus.
Government ministers (but not their spouses. The PM's wife will host an event for the spouses at the PM's official residence at Marienborg Manor.), the Chairman of the Parliament, Supreme Court President, the head of the police and so on.
The DRF will as usual arrive in reverse order of rank. Beginning with Benedikte if she attends, then Nikolai with J&M (if Nikolai attends. that'll be interesting.) followed by M&F and finally QMII.
Once inside those in uniform will take off their headgear at once. (Frederik is a navy man, and as we all know those from the navy are basically uncouth ruffians. Joachim is from the army, where things are done correctly, so he will naturally remove his headgear at once.)
Joachim and Frederik will in turn formally take charge of the guardsmen and guards hussars present and as such inspect the honor guard. That's why Mary and our Marie will stay back.
Having done that they will go upstairs.
Finally QMII will arrive. She too, as the formal commander in chief, will inspect the honor guard. You will notice that she will nod in front of the colour before inspecting the honor guard.
When the DRF are gathered upstairs, the guests will in turn greet the DRF before moving on to the taffel (Taffel = an elaborately laid table for a festive occasion.) Hence why this entire event is also referred to as a New Year Taffel here in DK.
At some point QMII will give a speech welcoming the guests and thanking them for their service. And here, the only time of the year, QMII will curtsy to the guests as a sign of her respect for the democracy.
These New Year Courts - should really be called New Year Courting in English.
The word is "kur" in Scandinavian and German.
And the custom in its present form goes back to at least the 1600s, (a source from the 1600s referred to this as "being an old custom") more likely to the beginning of the 1500s.
It was customary back then that you after New Year visited friends, benefactors, family, business associates, customers and so on to wish a Happy New Year and cement your liaisons as well as showing your respect.
The highest ranking and most important people were visited first.
So tonight the absolute top in the Danish state apparatus are going on "kur" to the DRF, to show their respect. And that is appreciated and acknowledged by QMII showing her respect for them in return.