Denmark on Friday confirmed the attendance of Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary at the investiture or inauguration ('coronation') of King Willem-Alexander on April 30th in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Willem-Alexander succeeds to the throne of the Netherlands earlier that day when his mother Queen Beatrix signs her Act of Abdication.
The announcement in Copenhagen follows the surprise announcement in Tokyo that not only Crown Prince Naruhito - a good friend of Willem-Alexander - will attend, but Crown Princess Masako as well. The princess last visited the Netherlands in 2006, when she spent some blissful weeks with Naruhito en daugther Aiko, at the Dutch queen's castle of Het Oude Loo.
Masako's parents live in the Netherlands. Her father Hisashi Owada is a judge at the International Court of Justice, based in the Peace Palace in The Hague. The Crown Princess' last official visit abroad was in December 2002 to Australia and New Zealand.
Other royal guests include:
- Prince Philip and Princess Mathilde of Belgium
- Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
- The Duke and Duchess of Parma, Prince Carlos and Princess Annemarie
- Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Spain
- Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel of Sweden
Expected guests are Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume of Luxembourg and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie of Luxembourg. Argentina is sending vice-president Amado Boudou to represent Queen Máxima's native country. © RoyalblogNL, Hans Jacobs; Photo by © RB Marius Cirtiu