Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Jul 14, 2016

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Many Japanese expressed surprise at the news Wednesday that Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate, but they said his wish should be respected. The Imperial Couple left their Imperial villa in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Thursday after arriving on Monday. “The Emperor opened a car ...

Ailing Thai king marks 70 years since accession to throne

Jun 9, 2016

Ailing Thai king marks 70 years since accession to throne

Hundreds of orange-robed monks led ceremonies Thursday marking 70 years since Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne following the mysterious death of his brother, as anxiety grows over the health of the ailing octogenarian. The 88-year-old king is the world’s longest serving ...

May 21, 2016

Thai king is treated for 'water on the brain'

Thailand’s 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej has received treatment for “water on the brain,” the Royal Household Bureau said on Friday. The world’s longest-reigning monarch has been treated for various ailments during a yearlong hospitalization in the capital. He was last seen in public on ...

Apr 21, 2016

Sweden's newborn royal is named Prince Alexander

Sweden’s royal palace has announced that the latest addition to the royal family will be named Prince Alexander. The baby boy was born Tuesday. He is the first child of Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia, who got married last year. The palace on ...

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Jan 26, 2016

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Emperor Akihito says Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II as he and Empress Michiko start a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.

Jan 11, 2016

Spanish Princess Cristina in court as fraud case begins

Spanish princess Cristina de Borbon has arrived in court as proceedings in a landmark fraud trial that became a lightning rod for anger at institutional corruption get under way. Cristina, the sister of Spain’s King Felipe VI, arrived at a court in Palma de ...