King Charles to Host State Banquet for Japanese Emperor and Empress Ahead of UK Election

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan are embarking on a three-day state visit to the UK. Their visit will feature a ceremonial welcome and a carriage ride up the Mall, culminating in a state banquet hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.

Due to the ongoing general-election campaign, the Japanese royal couple will not visit Downing Street. Additionally, the Princess Royal will be absent from the state banquet after being admitted to the hospital following a head injury, reportedly caused by a horse.

State visits blend ancient pageantry with modern international politics, rolling out the red carpet for distinguished visitors. The visit by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako aims to strengthen military, scientific, and cultural ties between the UK and Japan.

Reuters Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako’s trip to the UK was originally planned for 2020 – but it had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic

This visit marks the first by a Japanese head of state since 1998. It will commence with a formal royal greeting at Horse Guards Parade, followed by a procession to Buckingham Palace.

State visits during a general election are rare and are typically rescheduled to avoid clashing with political campaigning. However, this Japanese visit is proceeding without the usual meeting with the prime minister at 10 Downing Street.

PA Media State banquet in Buckingham Palace
State banquets are held in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace

A highlight of the diplomatic flattery is the state banquet held in the opulent ballroom of Buckingham Palace. The King will toast his visitors, often speaking in their native language, and deliver a speech in their honor. The emperor will then respond. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Labour leader Keir Starmer will attend the state banquet on Tuesday evening, one of the last formal events before next week’s election.


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