The Royal Family Just Announced Prince Charles’s Next Royal Tour (& It Has a Special Princess Diana Connection)

Seasoned traveler Prince Charles is at it again—but this time, he’s heading to Japan for the first time in 11 years.

Yesterday, Clarence House announced that the 70-year-old prince will embark on a two-day royal tour of Tokyo beginning October 22. While there, Charles will attend Emperor Naruhito’s ceremony of enthronement, which is the Japanese equivalent to the British royal family’s coronation.

The announcement read, “The Prince of Wales will visit Japan on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen to attend the Ceremony of Enthronement of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito. The visit will take place from 22nd to 23rd October and will include a day of engagements in Tokyo to celebrate British-Japanese connections.”

Prince Charles is one of 2,500 people invited to the ceremony of enthronement. During the event, the emperor will sit on a tatami throne inside the Takamikura (a large pavilion) before embarking on a public parade through central Tokyo.

This isn’t the prince’s first enthronement ceremony. Back in 1990, Charles attended the same ritual for Emperor Akihito alongside Princess Diana. His most recent visit to Japan took place in 2008 with his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, who is sitting this one out.

Cue Shawn Mendes’s “Lost in Japan.”


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