PopGoesTheNews.com >> Japan's royal couple delighted onlookers outside Queen's Park today as they arrived for a luncheon with Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and Lieutenant Governor David Onley. His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito, 75, and Empress Michiko, 74, smiled and waved before walking up the steps of the legislature building.
About an hour earlier, the royals visited Sick Kids hospital just a block south of Queen's Park. Their schedule today also includes a stop at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.
The Emperor and Empress, who arrived in Toronto from Ottawa on Wednesday afternoon, have been in Canada since July 3. They will head to Vancouver and Victoria tomorrow after a quick visit to the Momiji Seniors Centre and then fly on to Hawaii on July 14.
Emperor Akihito's last state visit to Canada was in 1953, when he was the Crown Prince.
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