Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement Ceremony Puts a Spotlight on the Next Generation of Royals

Caroline Hallemann
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On Tuesday, when Japan's Emperor Naruhito publicly proclaims his enthronement, he will do so in a centuries-old ceremony at the Imperial Palace, in front of an audience of dignitaries from nearly 200 countries. Among that group of world leaders will be representatives from monarchies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, a group that represents a new generation of royals.

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Many of those who are expected to attend have either recently ascended to the throne themselves, or are heirs patiently waiting in the wings, and will likely have their own coronation ceremonies in the next few decades.

The generational divide becomes clear when comparing the guest lists of this week's event, and that of Naruhito's father's enthronement ceremony 30 years ago.

Yes, Prince Charles attended Emperor Akihito's ceremony alongside Princess Diana in 1990, and he will be there on Tuesday as a representative of the U.K. But Bhutan's Queen Jetsun, who will also reportedly be in attendance this week, was just a few months old when Akihito declared his succession to the throne.

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And for several other attendees (like Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg), it was their parents who made the trip to Japan three decades ago. With that in mind, here are the royals who are expected to attend Naruhito's Enthronement:

King Philippe & Queen Mathilde of Belgium

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King Jigme & Queen Jetsun of Bhutan

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Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

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King Abdullah of Jordan

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Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

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King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

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Crown Prince Hakkon of Norway

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King Felipe & Queen Letizia of Spain

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Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

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Prince Charles of the United Kingdom

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