The military involvement in formal audiences is planned from the Main Guard Wing in the Outer Courtyard at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The Commandant Staff is responsible for the ceremonial military element of the ceremonies.
In the staircase, The King stops to speak with the guard commander, who says:
"Your Majesty's Grenadier Guards from Your Majesty's Life Guards, guard commander Lieutenant Karsäter's troops, two officers and 24 life guardsmen."
The King says: "Good day, life guardsmen."
"God save The King," they reply in unison.
The King then continues up the East Staircase and into the Bernadotte Apartments. When the ambassador arrives at the palace, the ambassador signal is sounded on a trumpet, announcing that the time has come. The ambassador is flanked by grenadier guards while ascending the stairs, and is then accompanied to the East Octagonal Cabinet for private discussions with The King and to submit his or her credentials.
After an audience of around twenty minutes, the ambassador returns back down past the Life Guards to the Inner Courtyard, before leaving the Royal Palace of Stockholm by car. The next ambassador arrives in the Inner Courtyard by horse and carriage immediately afterwards.