In celebration of 150 years of Danish-Japanese relations, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan will be undertaking a visit to Denmark this June, with the event taking place from the 15th to the 21st of that month.
During his stay, His Imperial Highness will be attending the opening of a new exhibition on Japan, during which he will also deliver the inaugural address. He will also attend a luncheon with Queen Margarethe II and have dinner with Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary. While in the country, Crown Prince Naruhito will also pay a visit to a local school with intellectual disabilities and a windmill manufacturing plant.
It will be the first visit by the Crown Prince to Denmark since 2004 when he attended the wedding of Denmark’s Crown Prince and Princess.
The Danish government requested the presence of both the Crown Prince and Crown Princess Masako; however, Masako will forgo the visit to help decrease her workload. Crown Princess Masako, sometimes called the “Sad Princess,” has had a history of difficulty in adjusting to the rigorous demands often required of the Imperial Family. This has resulted in her attending very few public events in her capacity as Crown Princess of Japan, and she has been forced to cancel many pre-arranged visits in the past. Many have blamed the Crown Princess’s poor mental health on the extensive and very strict imperial protocol practised within the Imperial Household, as well as pressures to produce a male heir.
The last visit undertaken by Masako was when she accompanied her husband to the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga to attend the coronation of King Tupou VI in 2015, which she reportedly greatly enjoyed. She also attended the coronation of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in 2013.
The visit by Crown Prince Naruhito will be his first since the Emperor of Japan indicated a desire to abdicate, following which legislation allowing the Chrysanthemum Throne to be passed onto Naruhito was approved by the Japanese cabinet this May.