On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco hosted a lovely cocktail reception at the Palais Princier in Monaco for those attending the 55th Annual Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo.
On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Tenko-en Orchard in Higashine in the Yamagata Prefecture. During their visit the emperor and empress picked cherries and met with the owners as well as staff from the farm.
Thereafter, the imperial couple visited the Higashine City Hall where they were warmly welcomed by local government officials as well as by the people from the town.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited the Kita-Harao district in Zao, Miyagi, Japan.
The Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, writes that the community of Kita-Harao “…was developed through the toil of Japanese who left the battle-scarred South Pacific island of Palau after World War II. [The emperor and empress met with three residents] who were among those who settled [in the district] from Palau at a stone monument commemorating the establishment of the community.”
On the morning of Thursday, June 18, 2015, Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall arrived at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England, to attend a service commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.
According to Clarence House His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Duchess of Gloucester along with:
“…[the Mayor of London] Boris Johnson and descendants of those who fought in the bloody battle, including the 9th Duke of Wellington, were among those at the service.
Guests filed in to remember the day, 200 years ago, when nearly 180,000 men from across Europe converged on the muddy battlefield at Waterloo in modern day Belgium.
On June 18 1815, Napoleon’s formidable Grande Armee clashed with Allied troops, led by the British military commander, the Duke of Wellington. Stirring extracts from accounts of the battle were read by British, French and German readers at the service today and the church bells rang after the ceremony.”