Don't mention the Sussexes! Crown Princess Mary is spotted chatting with Prince Charles as she attends the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in Japan
- Crown Princess Mary is in Japan with husband Crown Prince Frederik for enthronement of Emperor Naruhito
- Mary, 47, joined husband Prince Frederik and royals from around the world to formalise reign of new emperor
- The Australian-born royal looked glamorous wearing a grey gown and ruby necklace alongside Prince Charles
- Comes after Mary was named regent - meaning she can perform duties as head of state in queen's absence
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has attended the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in Japan alongside Prince Charles.
Mary, 47, joined her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 51, and a cohort of royals and dignitaries from around the world for the centuries-old ritual at Tokyo's Imperial Palace on Tuesday afternoon.
The ceremony, which formalised the reign of the new Emperor, began when purple curtains were pulled back to reveal Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako, sitting on two ornate thrones, and ended with a speech from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Crown Princess Mary of Denmark (pictured centre) joined her husband Crown Prince Frederik (right) and royals including Britian's Prince Charles (left) for the ritual enthronement ceremony of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday
Mary, 47, oozed glamour in a grey ball gown and complementary floral headpiece alongside the British monarch-in-waiting
Inside the Imperial Palace, Princess Mary oozed regal glamour in a grey ball gown and complementary floral headpiece.
The mother-of-four - who shares Prince Christian, 14, Princess Isabella, 12 and eight-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine with husband Frederik - accessorised with an ornate diamond and ruby necklace and matching earrings.
Mary, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, sat beside Prince Charles, who attended the event as a representative for his mother The Queen.
The appearance by the British monarch-in-waiting comes after his son Prince Harry revealed he and his brother William were travelling on 'different paths' in a tell-all interview.
Prince William responded by saying he hoped Harry and his wife Meghan Markle was 'all right' after both told of their struggles to cope as royals in an ITV documentary.
Emperor Naruhito, 59, officially began his reign in May after the abdication of his father, then-Emperor Akihito, but his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne has not been formalised until now.
Notable guests included Britain's Prince Charles, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain and King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands (not pictured)
Amidst a sea of foreign dignitaries, Princess Mary sat beside Britain's Prince Charles who attended the enthronement as a representative for his mother Queen Elizabeth II
Heavy rain battered the palace as Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the throne
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Crown Princess Mary of Denmark joined a plethora of other royals for Emperor Naruhito’s lavish ceremony in Japan this week.
The guest list was extended to our very own Princes Charles and the royal families of Spain, Netherlands and Belgium, so it was no surprise that the event was a splendour of jaw-dropping gowns.
Mary stole the show in a classic cape number by Valentino which she wore with Manolo Blahnik pumps, and we’re seriously loving this look. Cape dresses are a royal classic with the Duchess of Sussex also being a fan as they exude elegance and simple sophistication you can dress up with dazzling jewels.
The flowing silk dress sweeps Mary’s figure and frames the shoulders thanks to the cape sleeves, but details aside it’s the lavender grey shade that we love the most.
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The ritual ceremony, which was largely conducted in silence, involved the secret presentation of an ancient sword and jewel, ancient symbols of imperial power, BBC reported.
The sword and jewel are considered to be so sacred they have never been seen in public.
Standing before the throne, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech which ended with the call: 'Long live the Emperor!'
Emperor Naruhito (pictured during the ritual) officially began his reign in May after the abdication of his father but his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne has not been formalised until now
Emperor Naruhito wore a rust-coloured robe as his father did for his own enthronement in 1990.
Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 85, wore a black tuxedo and watched the ceremony from a wheelchair.
Akihito has become the first Emperor in more than two centuries to abdicate after worrying that advancing age might make it hard to perform official duties.
Naruhito became emperor and his wife Masako became empress on May 1 in a brief ceremony, but Tuesday's 'Sokui no Rei' was a more elaborate ritual at the royal palace in which he officially announced his change in status to the world.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe raises his hands above his head while shouting 'banzai', which literally translates as '10,000 years of life' but means something similar to 'long live the Emperor'
Standing alongside the new Emperor during the ceremony was his wife, Empress Masako, who rarely takes part in royal ceremonies amid concerns for her health
Mr Abe vowed to 'do our utmost to create a peaceful, bright future full of hope for Japan' on behalf of the government as he attended the ceremony
Attendants chanted a 'Banzai' cheer during the enthronement ceremony after Japanese Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
'I swear that I will act according to the constitution and fulfil my responsibility as the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people,' the 59-year-old declared, his voice slightly hoarse, in front of about 2,000 guests.
Attendants chanted a 'Banzai' cheer by raising their hands in the air during the ceremony after the new emperor proclaimed his enthronement.
Standing alongside the new emperor during the ceremony was his wife, Empress Masako, who rarely takes part in royal ceremonies amid concerns for her health.
The ceremony was plagued by heavy rain with adverse weather causing last-minute changes to the guard of honour outside the Imperial Palace, Royal Central journalist Brittani Barger tweeted from Tokyo.
Britain's Prince Charles arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo amid heavy rain caused by Typhoon Hagibis, which caused a large parade which was due to mark the ascension to be delayed until next month
The historic occasion comes as Japan continues to reel from Typhoon Hagibis, a powerful storm which left dozens dead and decimated the country's infrastructure earlier this month.
An official parade to mark the ascension has been delayed by a month due to Hagibis, but that did not stop hundreds of well-wishers gathering in the street.
Mary was named Danish regent in a historic move by her mother-in-law Queen Margrethe, 79, earlier this month - placing her one step closer to becoming the first ever Australian-born queen.
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf, left, and Crown Princess Victoria, right, arrive at the Imperial Palace to attend the ceremony
Mary's new role means she can perform duties as head of state when Margrethe is otherwise engaged.
The Danish Queen is gradually handing over the reins to other members of the royal family, and Frederik, his brother Prince Joachim, and the Queen's sister Princess Benedikte are also official stand-ins for the monarch.
Mary will become Queen of Denmark when Frederik ascends to the throne, following the death or abdication of his mother.
An official parade to mark the ascension has been delayed by a month due to Hagibis, but that did not stop hundreds of well-wishers gathering in the street