07 April 2009


On this day in 1937, the eldest brother of Japan's Emperor Hirohito, Prince Chichibu, departed New York aboard the RMS Queen Mary with his consort, Princess Chichibu, and attendents. The couple had arrived from Montreal the previous day, taking part in a reception, as well as a hosted luncheon and dinner. Despite their busy schedule, they also managed to fit in a bit of sightseeing. 

The prince was on his way to England to represent Japan at the coronation of King George VI, who was succeeding his brother, King Edward VIII, after his abdication in December to marry the American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. 

New York Times

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