Spanish Monarchs Begin State Visit to Japan

  April 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm by

The King and Queen of Spain officially began their state visit to Japan on Wednesday, with a traditional welcoming at the Tokyo Imperial Palace by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were also present at the welcoming.

In the afternoon, King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the National Museum of Science and Innovation to see projects that have been developed between Spanish and Japanese scientists. They were greeted by a child-sized robot.

Emperor Akihito hosted a gala banquet for 150 guests at the Palace on Wednesday evening. In his speech at the banquet, King Felipe said that the upcoming 150th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries (in 2018) should be used as an “opportunity to further boost our rich bilateral relationship and to strengthen the agreement between Hispano-Japanese in the multilateral arena.”

Queen Letizia wore a midnight blue ballgown from Felipe Varela that features crystal embellishments on the skirt and bodice. Atop her head was the Spanish Floral Tiara. Empress Michiko wore an oyster-coloured silk evening gown with a matching chiffon cape, while Crown Princess Masako looked fabulous in a baby blue evening gown and her pearl and diamond tiara.

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