King Charles and the Royal family of Japan. Image: Instagram via @royalfamilystory, and @khunchaiyod9t

King Charles and the Royal family of Japan. Image: Instagram via @royalfamilystory, and @khunchaiyod9t

King Charles to host Japanese Emperor and Empress

King Charles III and Queen Camilla will host Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan for a state visit from 25 to 27 June.

King Charles and the Royal family of Japan. Image: Instagram via @royalfamilystory, and @khunchaiyod9t

King Charles and the Royal family of Japan. Image: Instagram via @royalfamilystory, and @khunchaiyod9t

In a much-anticipated event, King Charles III and Queen Camilla are gearing up to host the Emperor and Empress of Japan for a grand state visit from 25 to 27 June.


The royal family have had recent reductions in royal engagements due to King Charles’ ongoing cancer treatment.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the visit will proceed, quelling weeks of speculation.

Prince William, the Prince of Wales, is set to take on a pivotal role in the royal welcome, according to People.

On 25 June, he will greet Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at their hotel and accompany them to the Horse Guards Parade for the ceremonial welcome.


This task was previously shared with his wife, Kate Middleton. It showcases his increasing responsibilities within the royal family.

The visit kicks off with military pageantry at the Horse Guards Parade, according to BBC.

The royals will then proceed by carriage along The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where they will have lunch.

The day will also include a viewing of items from the Royal Collection relating to Japan in the palace’s Picture Gallery.

In the evening, a state banquet at Buckingham Palace will see the royals donning their finest attire.


Queen Camilla may select a sparkling tiara from the royal vaults.

Other members of the royal family are expected to join the festivities.

The Japanese royals will continue their engagements on 26 June, according to the Tatler.

Emperor Naruhito will visit the Francis Crick Institute, the UK’s leading biomedical research centre.

This will highlight the strong partnership between the UK and Japan.

Later, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, will join the Emperor and Empress for a banquet at the Guildhall.

This will be organised by the Lord Mayor and the City of London Corporation.


As the visit winds down on 27 June, the Emperor and Empress will say their farewells to King Charles and Queen Camilla.

They will however remain in the UK for additional engagements.

These include a visit to the Young V&A Museum’s Japan: Myths to Manga exhibit and a private visit to St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Here Emperor Naruhito may lay a wreath at Queen Elizabeth’s grave.

Their itinerary also includes a tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Temperate House.

They are also planning a nostalgic visit to their alma mater, Oxford, on 28 June before their departure.


The state visit marks a significant moment for King Charles.

It is only the third he has hosted since ascending the throne in September 2022.

His previous state visits included welcoming President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in November 2022.

He also welcomed President Yoon Suk Yeol of South Korea in November 2023.

Outward state visits have taken King Charles and Queen Camilla to Germany, France, and Kenya. This is all to strengthen the UK’s diplomatic ties globally.


This meticulously planned visit demonstrates the British royal family’s dedication to maintaining strong international relationships.

“State visits are a cornerstone of our diplomatic duties,” a palace spokesperson remarked.

“They symbolise the deep connections we share with nations around the world.”

Amid the excitement, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, remains absent from the itinerary.

The Princess continues her chemotherapy treatment.


Her involvement in future royal duties remains uncertain, adding a poignant note to the otherwise jubilant occasion.

As the UK prepares to host the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the event promises to be a blend of tradition, pageantry, and diplomacy.

It will not only honour the longstanding relationship between the two nations but also underscore the resilience and continuity of the British monarchy.