Emperor and Empress of Japan visit grave of Queen Elizabeth II

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The official state visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan has concluded, but before returning to Japan, the Emperor and Empress paid a private visit to the grave of Queen Elizabeth II.

After saying goodbye to King Charles and Queen Camilla, Their Imperial Majesties travelled to St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to pay their respects to the late monarch.

Reportedly, Emperor Naruhito requested a visit to Queen Elizabeth II’s tomb ahead of the state visit. He and Empress Masako laid a wreath at the final resting place of Queen Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip.

After they visited St George’s Chapel, the Emperor told the media that he wanted to visit to express his gratitude for all the late Queen did for him.

During a visit to Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, His Imperial Majesty said: “The Queen extended the most generous hospitality to me. I paid a visit as a token of my heartfelt appreciation.”

As it was a private event, no photos have been released.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako were guests at the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth in September 2022.

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