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Japanese Emperor Will Get Red Carpet Treatment

Screenshot, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako’s trip to the United Kingdom was initially planned for 2020, but had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan are beginning a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom.

They will receive a ceremonial welcome and carriage ride through the shopping centre, with a state banquet hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.

But due to the general election campaign, the Japanese royal couple will not travel to Downing Street.

royal greeting

State visits are a mix of ancient pageantry and modern international politics, and the red carpet is rolled out for important visitors.

The visit of the Emperor and Empress aims to strengthen military, scientific and cultural links between the United Kingdom and Japan.

It is the first by a Japanese head of state since 1998 and will begin with a formal royal salute on Horse Guards Parade and then a procession to Buckingham Palace.

State visits during a general election are unusual: in the past, they have been rescheduled to avoid a clash with the political campaign.

But the Japanese visit took place without the usual meeting with the prime minister at 10 Downing Street.

Screenshot, State banquets are held in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace.

A centerpiece of this diplomatic adulation is the state banquet in the luxurious surroundings of the Buckingham Palace ballroom.

The King will toast his visitors at such events, often in his own language, and give a speech in honor of his guests.

Then the emperor will respond.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labor leader Keir Starmer will be at the state banquet on Tuesday night, one of the last such formal occasions before next week’s election.

nostalgic return

The Emperor and Empress’s visiting program over the next few days will include Westminster Abbey, the Francis Crick Institute, Kew Gardens and the Royal College of Music.

They will lay a wreath at the tomb of Elizabeth II, in St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor.

And on Friday, once the state visit is over, they will make a nostalgic return to their old faculties at the University of Oxford, where they were both students.

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