• Princess Masako of Japan to make her first overseas visit in 11 years

    Princess Masako of Japan is to make her first official overseas visit in nearly 11 years. The Japanese royal, who suffers from a stress-induced adjustment disorder that has forced her to take a break from many official engagements, will leave Japan for the Dutch inauguration that will see Prince Willem-Alexander become King of the Netherlands and Princess Maxima become his Queen consort. Princess Masako, 49, and her husband Crown Prince Naruhito, 53, will travel to Amsterdam for the ceremony on 30 April, marking their first joint overseas engagement since they toured Australia and New Zealand in August 2002. CLICK

  • 'I'll be king, but also human': Willem-Alexander and wife Maxima on the Dutch inauguration

    Crown Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Princess Maxima have given an exclusive TV interview to discuss the upcoming royal inauguration. The couple will become king and queen when current monarch Beatrix, who has been on the throne for 33 years, abdicates on 30 April. Her decision was announced in January and marks the beginning of a new era for the Dutch royal family. Despite the momentous occasion, the incoming king and his queen were relaxed, happy and laid back during their chat with Dutch journalists Marielle Tweebeeke and Rick Nieman.     "People can address me any way they see