Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako left Japan for the Netherlands on Sunday to attend the week-long celebrations for the coronation of Prince Willem-Alexander who will become the new Dutch king on Tuesday. This is the first overseas trip in seven years for the Princess, who was diagnosed with a stress-induced illness in 2002.
The Royal Couple will be accompanied by doctors, including Yutaka Ono, the head of the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry and the Crown Prince Palace’s doctor. They will determine if she is ready to attend all the other scheduled activities. For now, she is only set to attend the banquet on Monday organized by Queen Beatrix and then the coronation ceremony. The other events scheduled are a reception after the coronation, a floating parade, a reception by the royal family and a breakfast hosted by the new Dutch king and queen on Wednesday. Prince Naruhito will be attending the events, but Princess’ Masako’s participation is still in question, depending on her physical and mental status after the two events she will be joining. They are also considering having an event where Japanese residents in the Netherlands can greet the royal couple.
The US-educated Princess has been mostly out of the public eye ever since she was diagnosed with her illness. Reports say she has struggled with adapting to the isolated nature of being part of the Imperial family, one of the world’s most traditional monarchies. She was also under intense pressure to bear a son, after giving birth to their first and only child, Princess Aiko. It got a little better when the crown prince’s younger brother, Prince Akishino produced a boy, Prince Hisahito, now third in line to the throne and the first prince born to the royal family in 40 years.
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