Japan

2019 abdication date gaining traction in Imperial Household Agency

Ever since His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito, formally announced his intention to abdicate the Japanese throne in a rare televised address last year, the island nation of Japan has been somewhat abuzz with speculation as to what exactly such an occurrence would entail. With no abdication of a Japanese Emperor since Emperor Kokaku in 1817, and no provisions laid out in the 1947 Japanese…
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British RoyalsThe CambridgesThe Sussexes

William and Harry describe anguish of last phone call with Diana

Handing over the handset to Harry, little did a 15-year-old William know this was the last time he would hear his mother’s voice. Nor did his younger brother realise he would never have another chance to cut the phone call short. The two princes have recalled with regret the last phone conversation with their late mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, only hours before she died in a car crash in…
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Prince Charles and Camilla

Queen Diana or Queen Camilla: People have their say

The Duchess of Cornwall’s popularity is on the up, but when it comes to choosing a Queen, more people would still want to see Princess Diana take the title. A new poll by the Mirror newspaper has shown that 61% would have preferred the late Princess of Wales to be Queen when Prince Charles eventually takes the throne, while 14% said they would choose Camilla. But up to 39% of 2,000 people…
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British Royals

William and Harry: ''Diana was best mum in the world''

Prince William and Prince Harry looked full of nostalgia as they flipped through a photo album that Diana, Princess of Wales, collated more than 20 years ago. In a promo released by ITV for the new documentary, Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy, the two brothers chat as…
Japan

Retiring Emperor to be given new residence

Those following Japanese politics would be familiar with the impending abdication of the current ruling Emperor, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. At first only being suggested through an indirect comment in a TV address earlier last year, the gears of Japanese government have turned such that it seems His Imperial Majesty will indeed get his wish for a retirement, with his son Crown Prince…
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