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Crown Princess Victoria’s visit to Japan – Day 2

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden continues her visit to Japan. The Crown Princess has done many tasks and has a busy programme during the four days she is in the country. On Tuesday, she had lunch with the Emperor and Empress of Japan. She also attended several meetings at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo and a dinner that same evening.

Her Royal Highness’s second day in Tokyo began with a visit to the Aeon supermarket. This supermarket is a part of Japan’s leading retail group, which among other things operates malls, department stores, supermarkets and pharmacies. The supermarket is one of Japan’s key actors in sustainable fishing, and they are actively working to integrate sustainability aspects into their purchasing policies for fish and shellfish.

After visiting the supermarket, the Crown Princess spend the afternoon participating in a seminar on the UN Global Sustainability Goal, organised by UN University in Tokyo. The theme of the symposium was the promotion of the UN’s global sustainability goals with a particular focus on sustainable seas. During the seminar, Her Royal Highness held a speech and said: “We all have a moral obligation to act in accordance with our best understanding. And right now, that means doing everything we can to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda. This is not only our obligation; it is our only option.”

Her Royal Highness Princess Takamado of Japan. Photo: Andrew Smith Lewis via Wikimedia Commons.

The Crown Princess’s day ended with a dinner together with Princess Takamado of Japan. In Sweden, the Crown Princess received a lot of attention when wearing a dress that had not been used by the Swedish Royal Family since the 1980s. About 35 years ago, Queen Silvia used the same dress when she was at a public event. The Crown Princess chose to bring her mother’s retro dress in blue with pink circles to Japan, and she has received a lot of praise for this.

Today, Her Royal Highness also attended several events in Tokyo. The original plan was for the Crown Princess to also attend the launch of H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Collection. However, this has now been cancelled due to it conflicting with other important events in her programme. The Crown Princess has had a busy schedule during this month. On 26 April, she will attend the anniversary of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, Netherlands.

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