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Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will invite royals from overseas who are attending the emperor’s Oct. 22 enthronement proclamation ceremony to their residence for a tea party the following day, Imperial Household Agency vice head Yasuhiko Nishimura said Monday.

“We planned the tea party to create an opportunity for the emperor and the empress to directly express their gratitude” for the congratulations offered by overseas royals, Nishimura said.

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