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Old 10-23-2019, 08:06 AM
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako welcoming for a tea party at the Akasaka Palace:
King Carl Gustaf and crown princess Victoria
https://0.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=hohbbooe
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
https://2.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=kgabgnck
King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima
https://1.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=bljojedi
Grand duke Henri
https://3.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=jejcppaf
Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary
https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdleS...arkPreview.jpg

King Carl Gustaf and crown princess Victoria arriving to the prime minister's banquet
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...62?s=2048x2048
King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima arriving
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...28?s=2048x2048
Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary arriving
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...31?s=2048x2048

Gallery from today, the prime minister's banquet
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:10 AM
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These little videos are so precious !
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:14 AM
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Taking a look at the thrones:
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:34 AM
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I believe the then Crown Princess's gown was designed by Hanae Mori , using silk provided as part of the betrothal ceremony . I was so happy to see that radiant smile back on her face.
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Old 10-23-2019, 08:49 AM
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I have maybe missed but have not seen Princess Aiko.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:08 AM
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I have maybe missed but have not seen Princess Aiko.
Princess Aiko is too young to be included.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:16 AM
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Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary
https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdleS...arkPreview.jpg
A really nice photo
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:22 AM
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Does anyone know whether the tea parties for foreign royal attendees at enthronements are a post-war innovation or a tradition predating the Heisei era?

It's an interesting point that tea parties specifically for foreign royals to the exclusion of other classes of attendees were part of the enthronement festivities of 1990 and 2019, at least. Such royal gatherings are commonplace in Europe, but the royal families of that continent have historical and genealogical reasons to honor one another as members of an extended clan. I wonder what the basis in Japanese culture is for the special consideration given to foreign royal families.


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I really like these japanese ceremonies! The abdiction was cool and the enthronement as well! In Japan everything is well timed, full of dignity and only as long as necessary.

In other cultures the crowning of the new monarch would take a whole day - at least. And in Japan an hour. But it was everything in there!

And the architecture! Marvellous! The dresses of the Empress and the other girls looked terrific too.

Question: Was the golden bird over the throne pavillion a Phoenix?
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I have maybe missed but have not seen Princess Aiko.
As Ista alluded to, she is a minor. Not even the future emperor Hisahito was on the guest list. Unlike European monarchies, the Japanese monarchy generally practices more formal etiquette and minors are not commonly present at official ceremonies.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:31 AM
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What was the royal order Prince Charles wear to the enthronement?
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:44 AM
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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako welcoming for a tea party at the Akasaka Palace:
King Carl Gustaf and crown princess Victoria
https://0.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=hohbbooe
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
https://2.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=kgabgnck
King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima
https://1.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=bljojedi
Grand duke Henri
https://3.t.cdn.belga.be/belgaimage:...f12&m=jejcppaf
Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary
https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdleS...arkPreview.jpg

King Carl Gustaf and crown princess Victoria arriving to the prime minister's banquet
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...62?s=2048x2048
King Willem-Alexander and queen Maxima arriving
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...28?s=2048x2048
Crown prince Frederik and crown princess Mary arriving
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos...31?s=2048x2048

Gallery from today, the prime minister's banquet
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Did Felipe/Letizia and Philippe/Mathilde leave Japan before the tea party and the PM's banquet ?




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What was the royal order Prince Charles wear to the enthronement?

I believe he was wearing the Order of Merit on his necklace and the ribband of the Japanese order of the Chrysanthemum.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:52 AM
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Did Felipe/Letizia and Philippe/Mathilde leave Japan before the tea party and the PM's banquet ?

Not sure about the Belgian but King Felipe and Queen Letizia began a state visit to South Korea today.
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:20 AM
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Sauli Niinistö, the President of Finland and our First Lady Jenni Haukio attended at the events. On Monday the president met prime minister Shinzo Abe and mrs Haukio visited the Moominvalley Park in Hanno. At the banquet yesterday the President and the First Lady greeted crown prince Akishino and crown princess Kiko, who visited Finland in the summer and met the presidential couple then.
https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdl3w...arkPreview.jpg
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President of Iceland, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Reid yesterday
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https://cdn.mbl.is/frimg/1/16/64/1166443.jpg

Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals
Japanese Emperor Naruhito is hosting a tea party at his residence for royals from other countries, thanking them for celebrating his enthronement at a palace ceremony the day before.
Naruhito and his wife, Masako, greeted the royal guests with hugs or handshakes as they arrived at the tea party on Wednesday.
Guests included Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf, Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri, Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Brunei's King Hassanal Bolkiah and Prince Albert II of Monaco.
Palace officials said other members of the imperial family would join the party, including Naruhito's abdicated father, Akihito, and his wife, former Empress Michiko.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito hosts tea party for foreign royals - ABC News

Some photos from today
9 härliga bilder – Victorias underbara festnatt utomlands _ Svensk Dam

Gallery from yesterday and today
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:51 AM
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Those reading the thread for the first time might be interested in these helpful details and articles posted earlier by Prisma.

Basic descriptions of the ceremonies
Japan’s Year of Imperial Succession Continues with Autumn Enthronement and Thanksgiving Ceremonies | Nippon.com
Pomp and Pageantry: Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement Ceremony | Nippon.com
Ceremonies and Rites related to the Accession to the Throne (Schedule)

Details of the program
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post2253452
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post2254234

Video demonstrations of the jūnihitoe (traditional dress worn by the imperial women at the enthronement)
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post2258208

Livestream links (note that I have not looked to see whether they have video available after the event)
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post2262532
http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...ml#post2262652
What a treat the enthronement has been!

It's so interesting to see the various details demonstrated and explained.
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:28 PM
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These have been some great days. I thank everyone who has provided information on the ceremonies and traditions.
What a nice royal gathering.

I really liked this picture, it shows the warm feeling between the two couples that I saw on Frederik's and Mary's visit to Japan two years ago
https://beta.tt.se/media/image/sdleS...arkPreview.jpg

yesterday, Frederik and Mary with the Danish ambassador to Japan
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EHeFmBkU8AA2IMG.jpg

DRF video
VIDEO: Kronprinsparret deltog i gallamiddag i Japan | Kongehuset

and some articles from the DailyMail
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-ceremony.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...ent-Japan.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...kyo-Japan.html
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:47 PM
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Was there a representative from the US in attendance?
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Old 10-23-2019, 01:00 PM
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Elaine Chao , USA Transportation Secretary represented the USA
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Old 10-23-2019, 02:57 PM
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Thanks for the links and updates!

As expected, the ceremony was serene and solemn. It was nice to see former Japanese Imperial Princesses attending the event.

None of the European royal ladies impressed me. Grand Duke Henry, King Felipe, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Sheikh Tamim, Prince Abdul Mateen, Crown Prince Haakon, and Crown Prince Frederik were much better dressed than spouses/ladies. So were representatives of Oman and Saudi Arabia
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:02 PM
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Mrs. Mitch McConnell also known as Elaine Chao represented the USA.
Mitch McConnell is the USA Speaker of the House.
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:05 PM
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Mrs. Mitch McConnell also known as Elaine Chao represented the USA.
Mitch McConnell is the USA Speaker of the House.
No, he's not. That would be Nancy Pelosi.
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:07 PM
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Thank you to those who included links & information about the festivities. To my (western) eye it all seems very dignified.
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