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Young heirs of Bhutanese and Japanese thrones meet during latter's first official foreign visit

The young heirs to the Bhutanese and Japanese thrones met on Monday in Bhutan at the Lingkana Palace in Thimphu. Prince Hisahito of Japan, 12, is on his first foreign visit alongside his parents, Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko. The Crown Prince Family arrived in Bhutan on Saturday for a private trip on the invitation of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel where they were welcomed by the…
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Prince of Wales set to attend Emperor Naruhito of Japan's enthronement

The Prince of Wales will attend the enthronement of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in October representing Her Majesty The Queen at the request of the government. He will also undertake an official visit to the country after the ceremony where he will have several engagements in Tokyo. The Enthronement Ceremony will take place on 22 October, and it will mark the end of the transition period…
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Thailand

Queen Sirikit released from hospital

Queen Sirkit, The Queen Mother of Thailand, 86, has been released from the hospital where she has been since 21 July. She will turn 87 on Monday. Her Majesty was at Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok and has now been returned to her home, Chitralada Royal Villa. King…
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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…
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Thai Royal Family now exempt from paying tax on their property

A new law was issued yesterday, King Maha Vajiralongkorn (or King Rama X)’s 67th birthday, that makes the King and Thai Royal Family exempt from paying tax on any of their land or property. The information was published in the Royal Gazette. The land exempt from taxes will be those “used in state affairs, royal affairs, or used by agencies under the King,” government documents…
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