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King Charles coping with big challenge while Buckingham Palace makes major announcement

The Japanese Emperor is visiting the UK next month

By Web Desk
May 28, 2024
King Charles is unlikely to want to postpone the state visit
King Charles is unlikely to want to postpone the state visit

King Charles is dealing with an unusual situation while Buckingham Palace makes a significant announcement, it has been claimed. P

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has called a snap General Election on July 4, leading the Royal Family to postpone their upcoming engagements for the month.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said last week: “Following the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon calling a General Election, The Royal Family will – in accordance with normal procedure – postpone engagements that may appear to divert attention or distract from the election campaign.”

“Their Majesties send their sincere apologies to any of those who may be affected as a result.”

Naruhito, the Emperor of Japan, and his wife Empress Masako are due to visit the UK next month on a State Visit. This will involve a State Banquet, attended by the King, Queen Camilla, and other senior members of the Royal Family.

The Prime Minister and the Home and Foreign Secretaries, under normal circumstances, would have high-profile roles in the event. However, Sunak's presence, along with James Cleverly and David Cameron, at a royal event, could be deemed inappropriate so close to an election.

Naruhito's schedule would also normally include speaking to MPs and peers at Westminster. However, this will not be possible given that Parliament is about to be dissolved.

While details are being amended, officials are thought to be considering alternative dates for the State Visit, according to reports in The Mail.

King Charles is unlikely to want to postpone the visit, given that it has already been delayed due to the pandemic.