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Old 08-13-2014, 12:21 PM
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Dutch State Visit to Japan; October 29-31, 2014

Coming October King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will bring a State Visit to the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Knowing the excellent relationship between Queen Máxima and Princess Masako (holiday at Het Loo Palace, attendance at the Investiture) we may expect her attendance at a State Banquet, the first in many years...



Pic: Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako in Amsterdam, last year: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Y...n-Princess.jpg

Pic: Crown Prince Naruhito, Princess Masako and Princess Aiko on a two-week holiday in the Netherlands, a couple of years ago, her posing in the Royal Mews of Het Loo Palace: http://www.refdag.nl/polopoly_fs/in_...1386386369.jpg
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:16 AM
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Dutch state visit to Japan; 29-31 October 2014

The RVD announced hat king Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will be paying a state visit to Japan from 29 o 31 October 2014. Th visit will be linked to an conomic mission that will be sent around the same time. After this state visit, the king and queen will pay a state visit to South Korea.

Staatsbezoek aan Japan - Het Koninklijk Huis

The thread for the state visit to South Korea can be found here:
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post1698196

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A report from the state visit of Q. Beatrix to Japan in 1991:

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Old 10-23-2014, 06:07 AM
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The new grand mistress of the Dutch court, Baroness Bibi van Zuylen van Nijevelt, née Jkvr. den Beer Portugael, will not be accompanying the king and queen in Japan and South-Korea. A reason for her absence has not been given. Instead, the Dutch royals will be escorted by lady-in-waiting Annemijn Crince le Roy-van Munster van Heuven.

http://www.royalty-online.nl/monarch...mee-naar-japan
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According to the RVD, the following orders will be bestowed by King Willem-Alexander upon the members of the Japanese Imperial Family:

Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino will all be awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the House of Orange.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also be awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Orange-Nassau, while a number of other ministers and court staff will receive the Grand Cross or Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau.

Decoraties Staatsbezoeken Japan en Republiek Korea - Het Koninklijk Huis

Emperor Akihito in turn will bestow upon King Willem-Alexander the Order of the Chrysanthemum. Queen Maxima will also receive an order, but Google Translate won't tell me which one (I think it may be the Order of the Precious Crown).
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Apparently the tradition is that the visiting country awards twice as much orders than the country that hosts.
The king and queen arrive in japan today, so they have one day to get used to the time difference.
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:35 AM
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Apparently the tradition is that the visiting country awards twice as much orders than the country that hosts.
The king and queen arrive in japan today, so they have one day to get used to the time difference.
Given that this state visit to Japan runs till 31 October (Friday) and the South Korean visit is on 3/4 November, query whether W-A and Max will be spending the weekend privately with the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan?
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Old 10-28-2014, 09:30 AM
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I suspect that they will be doing some preparations for the South Korean state visit during the weekend too. But maybe they will meet or even stay with the crown prince, who knows? Nothing has been made public and I doubt that it will.

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According to royalty-online crown princess Masako will be present at the state dinner. This will be the first time since 12 years and apparently the Japanese media are widely reporting it. The princess will also attend the welcoming ceremony at the palace. As the king and queen arrive today and the state visit starts tomorrow the welcoming ceremony will not be at the airport.

As Japan only allows two state visits per year, this visit so quickly after the accession of the new king is remarkable. According to the Dutch ambassador in Japan, the Japanese feel honored that the first state visit of the king outside of Europe is Japan.

http://www.royalty-online.nl/monarch...n-staatsbezoek

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I wonder if Foreign Affairs will let the king make any reference to the second world war. Previous Japanese state visits have always been controversial due to the Japanese refusal to take responsibility for war crimes committed in the former Dutch East Indies. Sadly, most people who lived during that period have died. The government usually found commercial interests more important than justice for those who suffered in the East.

Esp. the visit of Emperor Hirohito in 1971 was painful as many were still alive. Emperor Hirohito had visited the Netherlands in 1921 and was met with cheering crowds everywhere he went, he had fond memories of the visit and wanted to return to see the Amsterdam zoo, the various reclaimed land projects etc. However, the visit was a disaster. He was received shortly at Soestdijk for lunch, but there was no state banquet. There were protesters everywhere he went, often screaming 'Hirohitler' and at the Amsterdam zoo the security could barely prevent the emperor from being punched in the face by an angry man. An angry mob was almost able to reach the emperor while he was looking at the rhinos.
- On a sidenote; Prince Bernhard -two faced as usual- stayed away from the luncheon at Soestdijk palace. It was quite remarkable as he was the one who lobbied for the visit on behalf of Dutch businesses. As he saw the protests grow, he decided to holiday in Italy instead as he wanted to preserve his reputation with the Duch restistance fighters. Instead, his wife -who wasn't very much in favor of the visit- was stuck with the emperor and empress.

In 1986 the liberal party blocked a planned state visit of Q. Beatrix to Japan (which was later done in 1991, after the death of emperor Hirohito). In 2000, before the state visit of Emperor Akihito, prime minister Obuchi of Japan finally offered is apologies, in return he wanted guaranties that the emperor would not be met by wild protesters. However in 2005 prime minister Koizumi announced that further financial compensation for victims would not be given.
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Thanks for the update!
It would be fair to say that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima will have wonderful time in Japan. Hopefully we shalll see photos of the visit and the state banquet.
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Thank you for sharing the past stories Marengo. While I was a child during those years I can understand the anger the veterans and survivors must have felt for the visiting Emperor.

I cannot wait to see the photos of the CPss at the state banquet!
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First photos from the welcoming ceremony in Tokyo:

https://twitter.com/royalblognl/stat...63165516505088

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I love that CP Masako is also wearing a shade of orange.
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A short clip of the NOS:

Keizer ontvangt koning in Japan - NOS Nieuws (right side)

and another clip from RTL:
http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nieuws/binne...n#node_1145106

The king and queen look like two giants. A lovely hand kiss from the king for the empress btw. Very nice to see Princess Masako again.

The couple is escorted by our awful new Foreign Minister. They visitied the design museum 2121 (where Issey Miyake is director) and saw an exhibition of Dutch designs, among the the mine kafer by Massoud Hassani.
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Here are the first galleries of day 1.

Lovely to see Masako and Máxima in nearly the same colour!



** ppe gallery ** ppe gallery 2 **


** anp gallery 1 ** anp gallery 2 ** anp gallery 3 **


** semana.es gallery ** diezminutos.es gallery **


** gettyimages gallery ** refdag.nl: Koning emotioneel over terugkeer in Japan **


** dpp gallery: King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima State visit Japan day 1 **
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This has to be my favourite state visit so far as I love both countries and their royal families! Everything is done so beautifully in Japan and it is a joy to see the royal and imperial friends together again. i will spend all day checking in to see updates and pictures - thanks in advance!
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Tonight: statebanquet

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1G55DhIQAEKx73.jpg:large

Queen wears Württemberg-tiara

She looks stunning!

https://twitter.com/Rick_Evers/statu...18148883275778

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Tonight: statebanquet

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B1G55DhIQAEKx73.jpg:large

Queen wears Württemberg-tiara
Great! I look forward to seeing more pictures.
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Love to see Masako at all
But there are strong bonds between those 2 Couples.... I guess it is since the CP and Aiko did Holidays in the Netherlands some years ago. Masako even joined the Coronation.
But I agree, both ladies look lovely.
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I am so happy to See Masako :)
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Thanks for the updates and videos!
As expected, the visit is going well. It is nice to see Crown Princess Masako attending the events. Queen Maxima looked grand at the state banquet.


https://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2565515.html

The above link contains photos of King Willem-Alexander's and Queen Maxima's arrival at Narita Airport/
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