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Japan's Royal Family In UK For 3-Day State tour Held By King Charles

Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are set to embark on a significant journey to Britain this Saturday, beginning a three-day state visit graciously hosted by King Charles III. The royal couple will arrive from Japan and devote Sunday and Monday to private engagements before the official events commence on Tuesday.

The highlight of their visit will be a splendid state banquet at Buckingham Palace, where speculation swirls about the potential attendance of Prince William's wife, Catherine, who has been out of the public eye due to cancer treatment.

During their stay, Emperor Naruhito, 64, plans to pay respects at Windsor Castle by laying a wreath on Queen Elizabeth II's tomb, a solemn moment recalling their attendance at her state funeral in 2022.

Amidst the backdrop of Britain's general election campaign, it remains uncertain if there will be a meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, as parliament is currently dissolved ahead of the upcoming July 4 vote.

This visit marks Emperor Naruhito's second official state visit since ascending the throne in 2019, following his trip to Indonesia last year. For King Charles III, 75, it will be the third state visit he has hosted during his reign, which began after the passing of his mother.

Emperor Naruhito expressed warm sentiments ahead of the journey, reminiscing about his time in England during the 1980s when he studied at Oxford University. He fondly recalled being treated like family by Britain's royals, particularly cherishing moments at Balmoral Castle in Scotland where Queen Elizabeth II hosted him for a memorable barbecue and Prince Philip personally guided him around.

The state visit's itinerary includes a Guard of Honour ceremony, a carriage procession at Buckingham Palace, and visits to prominent cultural institutions such as museums and the Francis Crick Institute, renowned for biomedical research.

Before concluding their visit, the Japanese emperor and empress will also make a sentimental journey to Oxford, where they both pursued studies, underscoring the enduring ties between Japan and Britain.


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