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Japanese Emperor Naruhito will attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in rare trip

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Japanese Emperor Naruhito is scheduled to journey to the UK for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The Imperial Family Company said that Naruhito and his spouse, Empress Masako, have been observing a solemn three days of mourning for Elizabeth.

Naruhito and Masako each attended Oxford College in England, the place they met. 

Each communicate fluent English, and Naruhito met with Queen Elizabeth II a number of occasions as crown prince.

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Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako wave throughout the royal motorcade in Tokyo Nov. 10, 2019. 
(AP Photograph/Eugene Hoshik)

The couple meant to go to the British royal household in 2020 as their first official journey after ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne. The coronavirus pandemic squashed these plans.

The journey shall be Naruhito’s first abroad voyage since changing into emperor. 

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Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral will be held in the coming weeks at Westminster Abbey. 

Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral shall be held within the coming weeks at Westminster Abbey. 
(Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Photographs)

Emperors not often go away Japan to attend funerals or different ceremonies for international heads of state.

Nevertheless, there’s a robust cultural and political bond between the British and Japanese royal households stretching again centuries that probably is motivating the journey.

Whereas the Japanese throne has been extant longer than the British crown, it was the English monarchy that helped encourage the fashionable construction of the Japanese imperial system underneath Emperor Meiji the Nice in the beginning of the twentieth century.

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, second from left, and Crown Princess Masako, left, listen to Emperor Akihito speak during the ceremony of Akihito's abdication at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 30, 2019. 

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito, second from left, and Crown Princess Masako, left, take heed to Emperor Akihito communicate throughout the ceremony of Akihito’s abdication on the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 30, 2019. 
(Japan Pool through AP)

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Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michicko attended the funeral of King of the Belgians Baudouin in 1993, the one recorded occasion of a Japanese emperor attending a state funeral for a international royal.

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