The recent overseas trip of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako has been well received by many people. The royal couple attended the inauguration of then Prince Wilhelm-Alexander as the new king of the Netherlands on April 30. It was the first official and overseas trip of the crown princess after being diagnosed with stress-induced adjustment disorder in 2004. Upon hearing the news of her trip, some people expressed their wishes for the couple, especially the princess’ fruitful trip.
“We were very careful so she could stay in good health. I’m relieved that her effort came to a fruition,” said Crown Prince Naruhito. He also stated that his wife’s condition had been variable. However, the next in line to the imperial throne said that the Crown Princess has seemed become more confident about her health despite its ups and down in the past. He also relayed that she hopes to become more active.
The crown prince admitted that it was not an easy decision for the crown princess to join him in Netherlands. They had to consult their palace doctors as he hoped that the trip “could be a good chance for her to take a new step forward.” The trip, to everyone’s relief, has been a smooth one. “I believe successfully completing the overseas trip gave Masako confidence,” said Naruhito.
Prince Naruhito will have another overseas but Princess Masako will not join him. The prince will be in Spain next week, a five-city in six days trip, marking the 4th centennial anniversary of Spain-Japan exchanges, which began when a feudal lord went to Spain on a mission. The crown prince will leave after their 20th wedding anniversary.
[via The Republic]