TOKYO, Feb 09 (News On Japan) - In a significant first, Princess Aiko, the eldest daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, attended a luncheon hosted by their Majesties for the President of Kenya and his spouse at the Imperial Palace. This marks the first occasion Princess Aiko has participated in a palace luncheon with foreign dignitaries.
This morning, the Emperor and Empress warmly welcomed President Ruto and his wife at the palace driveway, exchanging pleasantries and handshakes.
During the luncheon, Princess Aiko took the opportunity to converse in English with a Kenyan minister seated next to her, inquiring about his previous visits to Japan among other topics.
According to the Imperial Household Agency, before the luncheon commenced, Princess Aiko greeted President Ruto and his wife in Swahili, eliciting compliments from the President on her proficiency. Furthermore, when the President extended an invitation to visit Kenya in English, Princess Aiko responded with a gracious "Thank you."
This interaction not only highlights Princess Aiko's diplomatic skills but also signifies a momentous step in her public duties, showcasing the Imperial Family's commitment to fostering international relations.