Japanese emperor, empress pay respects

Japanese emperor, empress pay respects

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Thailand yesterday on a private visit to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photo by KYODO NEWS Bangkok
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Thailand yesterday on a private visit to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Photo by KYODO NEWS Bangkok

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Thailand yesterday to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Japanese emperor, empress pay respects

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Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Thailand yesterday to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The imperial couple's plane landed at the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) airport at 1.45pm yesterday for their private visit to the country, following their state visit to Vietnam.

The emperor and empress were welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, Chakri Srichawana, the director-general of the Foreign Ministry's protocol department, Chittrapat Krairiksh, His Majesty's deputy principal private secretary, palace officials and royal guards.

The emperor and empress then travelled in a car to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel where they stayed overnight.

At 5.47pm, the imperial couple arrived at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace. The emperor and empress laid flowers and paid respects to the late King in the throne hall.

They also signed messages of condolence at the Office of His Majesty's Principal Private Secretary inside the Grand Palace.

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko then proceeded to Ambara Villa at the Dusit Palace where they were received by His Majesty the King. The King gave presents to the imperial couple.

The imperial couple received gifts from His Majesty the King. Photo by KYODO NEWS Bangkok

Emperor Akihito is the first head of state who has been received by His Majesty King Rama X.

Afterwards, the emperor and empress returned to the hotel where they had a private dinner.

The Japanese imperial couple will fly home today. They are scheduled to depart from the RTAF's airport at 11.30am.

The royal families of the two countries have traditionally kept close relations.

The most recent ties date back to Emperor Hirohito's reign when he met King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on their 1963 visit to Japan. On the emperor's behalf, the then-crown prince Akihito and princess Michiko visited Thailand the following year.

When Emperor Akihito took the throne in 1989, he chose Thailand as the first destination for his 1991 Southeast Asia tour. The emperor's most recent trip to Thailand took place in 2006, marking the 60th anniversary of King Bhumibol's accession to the throne. Several royal families from around the world also attended.

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Vocabulary

  • accession to the throne: the act of becoming the ruler (king or queen) of a country - การขึ้นเสวยราชย์
  • anniversary: a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you - วันครบรอบ
  • behalf (noun): on someone's behalf; as a representative of - ในนามของ ในฐานะของ
  • condolence (noun): sympathy and sadness for the family or close friends of a person who has recently died, or an expression of this, especially in written form - การแสดงความเสียใจต่อผู้อื่น
  • Crown Prince: (in some countries) a prince who will become king when the present king or queen dies or leaves office - ทายาทของกษัตริย์ที่เป็นผู้ชาย
  • depart: to leave - ออกจาก
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • destination: the place where someone or something is going - จุดหมายปลายทาง
  • director-general: the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี
  • emperor: the ruler of an empire, a group of countries or states that are controlled by one ruler or government - จักรพรรดิ์
  • empress (noun): a woman who is the ruler of an empire - จักรพรรดินี, พระราชินี
  • Grand Palace (noun): the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) where important ceremonies are held - พระบรมมหาราชวัง
  • head of state: the official leader of a country who is sometimes also the leader of the government - ประมุขแห่งรัฐ ผู้นำของรัฐ
  • imperial: related to the emperor or empire -
  • late: dead - ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว
  • palace: the people who live or work in a palace, especially the royal family and the officials who serve them - พระราชวัง,วัง
  • pay respects to: to show deep admiration for someone/something - แสดงความเคารพ
  • present: something you give someone as a gift - ของขวัญ
  • principal: main or most important - หัวหน้า, สำคัญที่สุด
  • private: intended for or involving a particular person or group of people, not for people in general - ส่วนตัว
  • protocol: a system of fixed rules and formal behaviour - ระเบียบการ
  • reign (noun): a period of time during when a king or queen rules a country - ช่วงเวลาครองราชย์
  • relations: the way in which two people, groups or countries behave towards each other or deal with each other - ความสัมพันธ์
  • schedule: to arrange for something to happen at a particular time - ทำตารางเวลา, ทำกำหนดการ, กำหนดรายการ
  • state visit: a visit of one state leader such as Prime Minister of a country to another country to meet with its leader -
  • throne: a special chair used by a king or queen to sit on at ceremonies - ราชบัลลังก์
  • ties: relations; connections - ความสัมพันธ์
  • traditionally: of something that has not changed for a long time - ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
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