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Princess Alexandra shines during Luxembourg’s state visit to Japan

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg was accompanied by his daughter Princess Alexandra, rather than his wife Grand Duchess Maria Theresa, on a three-day state visit to Japan. The Grand Duchess has a fear of flying and opted for having her daughter stand in for her. The father-daughter pair were also accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Etienne Schneider, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn and Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna as well as an economic delegation of about 100 people.

The Grand Duke and Princess Alexandra were officially welcomed to Japan by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. They then made their way to the Japan-Luxembourg Business Forum, where the Grand Duke held the opening speech. During a visit to the Jesuit-run Sophia University, the Grand Duke was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa and the pair also met with local students. The day ended with a white tie dinner in the evening, where Princess Alexandra wore a red gown with a bolero jacket that she had borrowed from her mother.

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During the second day of the visit, Princess Alexandra was spotted looking quite at easy while chatting with Empress Michiko. The delegation hopped on the Imperial train to visit the cities of Tsukuba and Tsuchiura. A performance was held in their honour and the Grand Duke and Princess Alexandra joined the Imperial couple in greeting the local population. After a private luncheon, the delegation headed to the Tsukuba Space Center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). At the end of the day, a dinner was hosted by the Prime Minister in honour of the Grand Duke.

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The third day of the visit saw the Grand Duke visiting the top of Skytree, which is at 634 metres, with the Deputy Prime Minister. The state visit ended with a concert in honour of the Imperial family, which was attended by both the Grand Duke and Princess Alexandra.

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