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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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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Asian RoyalsJapan

Empress Emerita Michiko in poor health

The Imperial Household has announced that Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan has been in poor health since September. According to the statement, she has been vomiting multiple times a day and has been losing weight. They say that stress is most likely a factor. The…
Japan

Japanese Princesses attend charity screening of 'Frozen 2'

Two nieces of Emperor Naruhito of Japan attended a charity screening of the worldwide hit movie ‘Frozen 2’ held on 10 December. The event was hosted by Mainichi Newspapers Co at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. Funds raised from the screening will be donated to the Mainichi Welfare Foundation which will use the funds to provide aid to victims of Typhoon Hagibis. The two…
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Asian RoyalsThailand

King and Queen of Thailand meet the Pope

Pope Francis met with Thailand’s King Maha VajiralongKorn, Queen Suthida and the Buddhist leader, Patriarch Somdej Phra Maha Muneewong on Thursday. Pope Francis was greeted at the Palace entrance by the King and Queen. They shook hands, engaged gifts and had a…
Asian RoyalsJapan

The Japanese Imperial family may be expanded by law

The Japanese Imperial family may be expanded and this by a new law, not by newborn royals or marriage. This was first reported by “The Japan Times” following a new proposal by the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. They propose to let some ex-imperial family members back into the family. A conservative group within the Liberal Democratic Party has submitted a proposal to Prime…
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