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Royals turn out in full glamour for Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement Banquet

Royal from the world over turned out in full glamour on Tuesday night in Japan’s Imperial Palace for the Enthronement Banquet (called a Kyōen no Gi) for Emperor Naruhito whose Enthronement Ceremony had taken place earlier in the day in the Imperial Palace’s State Room. Embed from Getty Images The white-tie evening began around 9 pm local time with Emperor Naruhito and Empress…
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Empress Masako praised by Harvard expert

Empress Masako of Japan has been praised by an expert and emeritus professor of her alma mater, Harvard University in Boston. Ezra Vogel, who is a personal friend of Masako’s family and an expert on Japan and China in the US, said the Empress will be vital for Japan…
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Ritual enthronement ceremonies begin in rainy Tokyo

Even though it is a very rainy day in Tokyo, Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement activities continue despite the weather. This morning, the Emperor and his wife, Empress Masako visited one of the three imperial sanctuaries where Naruhito reported his enthronement to his ancestors. Both were dressed in ancient-style kimonos. The Empress also had her hair styled in an ancient…
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Princess Kako promotes Japanese-Hungarian ties at dinner in Hungary

Princess Kako of Akishino, a niece of Emperor Naruhito and the second daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito, is continuing her visit to Austria and Hungary. Earlier in Austria, she paid a courtesy call on Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and attended a commemorative reception. Princess Kako attended a dinner in Budapest to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relations…
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The Royal Central Podcast: should abdication be the new norm?

This week’s Royal Central podcast looks ahead to the enthronement of the new Emperor of Japan. As well as the latest behind the scenes news on the guest list from our Deputy Editor, Brittani Barger, there’s also a debate about whether abdication is changing the way we view monarchies and questions about whether, in the 21st century, monarchs stepping aside is the preferred way of…
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