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Japan’s government to delay discussion on creating female Imperial branches

The Japanese government is holding off on deciding whether or not to allow female members of the Imperial Family to establish their own branches of the family after marriage, according to sources. They will delay discussions on the matter at least under after Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the throne on the 1st of May next year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the Diet last week that…
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Bhutan celebrates anniversary of King’s coronation day

On the 12th anniversary of the coronation of His Majesty Druk Gyalpo Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, the people of Bhutan are celebrating and looking back on the start of his “golden reign”. The King’s coronation had three distinct stages. The first saw His Majesty The Druk Gyalpo receive the same Dar Na-Nga that has been presented to all monarchs of the Wangchuck dynasty from the sacred…
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Japan’s Princess Ayako weds commoner Kei Moriya in ceremony at Meiji Shrine

Princess Ayako of Takamado, the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s cousin Norihito, Prince Takamado, has married commoner Kei Moriya today in a ceremony at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. She officially lost her imperial titles upon marriage. From now on, she will be known as Mrs Kei Moriya. The wedding ceremony for Japan’s Princess Ayako and company employee Kei Moriya was held on…
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King Salman of Saudi Arabia opens the Haramain Railway

The second largest annual gathering of Moslems is the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. This week, King Salman of Saudi Arabia launched the Haramain High Speed Railway at Jeddah’s Al-Sulaymaniyah station. Opening to the public next month, the electric railway will whisk up to 60 million passengers a year with a fleet of thirty-five trains carrying just over four hundred passengers per…
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