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King of Bhutan announces borders will close in televised address to nation over COVID-19

The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar, addressed his nation today regarding the COVID-19 outbreak saying that from Monday, Bhutan’s borders would be closed. “Starting tomorrow, our land borders will be sealed. “We are compelled to take this drastic measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. As you have been made aware through various government bulletins, the virus is…
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Japan

Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita of Japan set to move out of palace

Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 86, and Empress Emerita Michiko, 85, are set to move out of the Imperial Palace on Thursday, 19 March, the Imperial Household has announced. The couple have lived in the home for 26 years and will move to the Hayama Imperial Villa in Kanagawa Prefecture that same day. Later, they will stay at the Imperial Stock Farm in Tochigi Prefecture while some of their belongings…
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Japan

ICYMI: Princess Aiko to attend Gakushuin University

Lost in the news in Asia about the coronavirus was the announcement that Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, will attend Gakushuin University in Tokyo beginning in the spring. The 18-year-old Princess is due to study in the at the…
Bhutan

New family photo released of Bhutan's Royal Family

The Royal Office in Bhutan has released a new family photo of the King and Queen of Bhutan with their son, the Dragon Prince. The image was taken in February 2020 in the Throne Room of the Tashichhodzong in Thimphu. King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck married Queen Jetsun Pema in 2011. Together, they have one son, Prince Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (also called the Dragon Prince) who turned…
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Japan

Emperor Naruhito turns 60, his life in pictures

Emperor Naruhito of Japan, who ascended the throne on 1 May 2019 after the abdication of his father Emperor Emeritus Akihito the previous day, celebrates his 60th birthday today. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, public celebrations of his birthday were cancelled…
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Who is King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck?

Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck was born on 21 February 1980 in Kathmandu, Nepal, to King Jigme Singye Wangchuck and his third wife, Queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon (the current Queen Mother). He has one older sister, Princess Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck (b. 1980) and eight younger siblings (four sisters and four brothers). His father has four wives, and as such, the King only has one full sister and one…
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