Asian RoyalsJapan

NEW: Empress Emerita Michiko diagnosed with breast cancer

Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan has been diagnosed with a relatively early stage of breast cancer, and she is due to undergo surgery in the near future, the Imperial Household Agency has announced. The former Empress, who is 84-years-old, retired from official duties alongside her husband Emperor Emeritus Akihito at the end of April, but she has been plagued with health problems for a while.
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Norway

Princess Märtha Louise to cease using title in business

Princess Märtha Louise of Norway has agreed to stop using the title of Princess in her business activities, the Norwegian Royal Household has announced. The Princess came to this decision after consulting with her family. Princess Märtha Louise will continue to use her title when she is representing the King and in private. In a business setting, she will use her name, Märtha…
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Asian RoyalsJapan

Former Princess Ayako expecting first child in autumn

The former Princess Ayako of Takamado, who became Ayako Moriya upon marriage to Kei Moriya, is expecting her first child in the autumn, according to Vorsten. Ayako is the daughter of Norihito, Prince Takamado and Hisako, Princess Takamado. Her father, who died in 2002, was a first cousin of the recently abdicated Emperor Akihito of Japan. After her wedding ceremony, the newlyweds spoke to…
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Thailand

Rama X names first Royal consort in almost a century

King Rama X has bestowed the title of Royal Noble Consort – the formal title for the chief concubine – on one of his major-generals. This was the first this title has been bestowed since Thailand ceased to have an absolute monarchy. Chao Khun Phra Prayoon Wong was the last to be named Royal Noble Consort in 1921. This tradition was abandoned in favour of having one wife. Kings Rama…
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