British RoyalsJapan

The Emperor and Empress of Japan to make State Visit to UK

The Queen has confirmed that she has invited Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan to make a State Visit to the United Kingdom this spring. The new Emperor and Empress have accepted the invitation. The State Visit, the first incoming to the UK since the summer of 2019, will see the royal couple stay with the Queen at Windsor Castle. It will be the first time that Japan’s new…
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Japan

Emperor Naruhito delivers first New Year's speech

Emperor Naruhito of Japan has delivered his first New Year’s speech as the Emperor of Japan. After a devastating typhoon hit Japan in October of last year, as well as torrential rain that hit the country in 2019, Naruhito said he hopes that 2020 is a year free from disasters, “I pray that there will be no disaster this year.” He also his “heart aches as many precious lives…
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Thailand

A look back at the Thai royal year

Today, we conclude another year and a decade. So, we are taking a look back at the Thai royal year that surrounded the crowning and other coronation ceremonies of King Rama X. January: King of Thailand issues decree for new election, first since…
Japan

A look back at the Japanese royal year

As 2019 comes to a close, we taking a look back at the Japanese royal year that was dominated by the abdication of Emperor Akihito and enthronement of their new emperor, Naruhito. January: Emperor Akihito delivers final New Year’s address Princess Mako’s…
Japan

Emperor Emeritus Akihito celebrates first birthday since abdication

Emperor Emeritus Akihito has celebrated his first birthday since abdicating the throne in favour of his elder son, Naruhito, earlier this year. Akihito turned 86 today, and for the first time in decades, the day is not a national holiday. While he was on the throne, his birthday was observed in Japan as a national holiday, but now that he has stepped down, Japan will observe his son, Emperor…
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BhutanFeatures

Who is Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan?

As it was just announced that the Queen of Bhutan is expecting her second child, we are taking a look at the Queen consort. Ashi (the equivalent of Lady) Jetsun Pema was born on 4 June 1990 to Dhondup Gyaltshen and Sonam Choki as the second of their five children in…
Bhutan

King of Bhutan announces Queen is expecting their second child

As Bhutan celebrated its National Day yesterday, the King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck announced that his wife, Queen Jetsum Pema is expecting their second child. During his speech at Thimphu Changlimithang Stadium, the King said that he and the Queen “are very happy and looking forward to the birth” which is expected some time in the spring of 2020. If this child…
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