Prince William visits Japan

Hello Hugo

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and the second in line to the British throne, ended his 4 day visit to Japan today.  On arrival at Haneda Airport, he was met by Tim Hitchens, the British Ambassador, to whom I have written in the past about not being able to see you.

The BBC reported here that the visit commenced on 26 February 2015 with a boat ride across Tokyo Bay. The Prince then par took of tea at the Nakajima tea house in the Hamarikyu Gardens. The tea was served by 92 year old Dr Genshitsu Sen who had served tea to William’s parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, when they visited Kyoto in 1986. The last time there was a visit to Japan  by a member of the British Royal Family was in October 2008, the month before your birth, when Charles and is now wife Lady Camilla visited.

On 27 February, the BBC reported here that William met with the Emperor and Empress at the Imperial Palace. He also paid his respects at the Hodogaya Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery, 20 years to the month from when his mother, Diana, did on a solo trip of her own to Japan in 1995, about 2 years prior to her death in 1997.

On his last full day in Japan, 28 February, the BBC reported here that William dressed as a Samurai warrior on a visit to the NHK studio in Shibuya.  He then headed north for a visit to areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tidal wave. He had dinner with Shinzo Abe in Koriyama in Fukushima last night and, prior to his departure from Japan today, visited survivors in Ishinomaki in Miyagi about which there are reports here from the BBC and here from The Telegraph.


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