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a male heir apparent to a throne

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HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai will hand the flag over to HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The crown prince was greeted by Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Prize laureate Wangari Maathai and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
During his stay in Kenya through Saturday, the crown prince is scheduled to visit a wildlife sanctuary and a paddy field where Japan has helped renovate irrigation facilities.
He also plans to visit Nairobi National Museum, which Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited in 1983 when they were crown prince and crown princess.
''I think the emperor and the empress are concerned as the number of visits (by the family of the crown prince) to the Imperial Palace has not increased,'' Haketa said at a news conference.
''I would like (the crown prince) to respect what he said,'' Haketa said, adding that he had told the crown prince the same on several occasions.
The crown prince was quoted as telling Haketa, ''I'd like to make an effort.''
At a press conference, the crown prince suggested he will commit himself to visiting his parents' residence more frequently.
Although Crown Prince Naruhito said later he would like to provide such opportunities, Haketa said Feb.
Meanwhile, on Crown Princess Masako, the crown prince told the press conference he expects his wife will gradually expand her official duties.
At a news conference prior to his birthday, the crown prince said he and his wife Crown Princess Masako are happy at the news, while refraining from commenting on a proposal by a government panel to revise the Imperial House Law so that females could ascend Japan's imperial throne as a way to avoid a possible succession crisis.
''As her parent I have various thoughts, but I would like to refrain from commenting further,'' the crown prince said.
The emperor, empress, prince and princess and Princess Sayako, the crown prince's sister better known as Princess Nori, lunched together at the Imperial Palace, the officials said.
The visit by the crown prince and princess to his parents was the first since the official announcement of Crown Princess Masako's pregnancy.