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

The expected guest list for Japan's centuries-old ceremony reads like a who's who of the modern monarchy.
IMAGE JULIAN PARKER / GETTY IMAGES
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Tomorrow, 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.

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA / GETTY IMAGES.

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.

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Japanese Emperor Akihito’s Enthronement Ceremony in 1990
Photo by JOHN SHELLEY COLLECTION/AVALON / GETTY IMAGES.

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

Photo by SYLVAIN LEFEVRE / GETTY IMAGES.

King Jigme & Queen Jetsun of Bhutan

Photo by TRISTON YEO / GETTY IMAGES.

Crown Prince Frederik & Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Photo by PATRICK VAN KATWIJK / GETTY IMAGES.

King Abdullah of Jordan

Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ / GETTY IMAGES.

Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg

Photo by SYLVAIN LEFEVRE / GETTY IMAGES.

King Willem-Alexander & Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Photo by PATRICK VAN KATWIJK / GETTY IMAGES.

Crown Prince Hakkon of Norway

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon pictured here with his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit
Photo by RUNE HELLESTAD - CORBIS / GETTY IMAGES.

King Felipe & Queen Letizia of Spain

Queen Letizia and King Felipe of Spain with their two daughters
Photo by EUROPA PRESS ENTERTAINMENT / GETTY IMAGES.

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Photo by PASCAL LE SEGRETAIN / GETTY IMAGES.

Prince Charles of the United Kingdom

Photo by OMER MESSINGER / GETTY IMAGES.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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