The Prince of Wales will attend the enthronement of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in October representing Her Majesty The Queen at the request of the government. He will also undertake an official visit to the country after the ceremony where he will have several engagements in Tokyo.
The Enthronement Ceremony will take place on 22 October, and it will mark the end of the transition period and will be a holiday in the country. Emperor Naruhito took the throne upon the abdication of his 85-year-old father, Akihito earlier this year. Akihito is now known as the Emperor Emeritus after he gave up the throne on 30 April 2019. Naruhito ascended as the new Emperor of Japan a day later.
The two-day official visit, beginning on 22 October, is set to celebrate the connections between Japan and the United Kingdom.
This will be the Prince of Wales’s fifth trip to Japan. He was last in the country in 2008.
Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement will not be the first for Prince Charles, as he was also present at the enthronement of Naruhito’s father in 1990.
It is not yet known which other European royals will attend the Enthronement Ceremony. US Vice President Mike Pence and Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan are scheduled to attend.
Royal Central will keep you updated on the list of attendees as they become available.