Asian Royals

Controversy and a royal baby: Asian royal year in review

This year was dominated by controversy and a new royal baby in the Asian royal sphere. The Thai King saw mass protests against his reign while he resided in Germany, the Emperor of Japan fended off complaints for the lack of engagement with the public, and Bhutan welcomed a new royal baby. Thailand: Thailand’s monarch primarily resides in Germany, but when a mass shooting took place…
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Bhutan

King of Bhutan addresses country on National Day with televised speech

Bhutan marked its 113th National Day on 18 December, and King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck addressed his people via a telecast as the public gathering could not take place due to the pandemic. The King and other members of the Royal Family were at Punakha Dzong, also called the Punthang Dewaichenpoi Phodrang (Palace of Great Happiness). The King was joined by his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema and…
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Japan

Emperor Naruhito attends environmental conference

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the Global Environmental Action International Conference in Tokyo this week. The conference is held every two years, and this year focused on how to have environmental conservation while maintaining economic…
Japan

Emperor Naruhito to deliver first video message to Japan

Emperor Naruhito of Japan is set to deliver his first video message to the people of Japan. The Emperor, who had to cancel the yearly New Year events at the Imperial Palace due to COVID, will speak to the Japanese people for New Year’s via video for the first time. The Imperial Household Agency has announced that the monarch will speak to the people in place of the annual New…
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Japan

No public new year celebration in Japan in 2021

Japan’s Imperial Family will be ringing in the new year privately this year. The Imperial Household has decided to cancel Emperor Naruhito’s New Year’s event at the palace, due to a rise in coronavirus cases.  The news of this latest cancellation came as Japan…
Japan

Japan's Princess Aiko turns 19

Japan’s Princess Aiko is celebrating her 19th birthday today. She is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako. To celebrate, the Imperial Household Agency released a video of the teenage royal in the gardens of the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo alongside her…
Japan

Japanese government considering government posts for female Imperial Family members

The Japanese government is considering giving government posts to female Imperial Family members after they have lost their imperial status upon marriage to commoners. This would allow them to continue their royal work after leaving the Imperial Family. Informed government sources have said this is one way the government is considering addressing the declining numbers of the Japanese Imperial…
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