FLASHBACK: Photos from royal visits to Japan and China

Prince William is wrapping up his three-day tour of China following a visit to Japan last week. After spending some quality time with Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, the British prince was welcomed with open arms by China's state counterparts for the second leg of his tour.

While the heavily pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, did not join her husband on the trip, President Xi started the meeting by congratulating the Duke of Cambridge on the impending birth of his second baby.


The tour proved to be an exciting visit for William, an animal lover and avid conservation advocate. On the last day of his stay, the royal came face to face with an elephant at a sanctuary and couldn't resist feeding the beautiful creature.

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It was a historic trip for the people of China, too, as it marked the first time a senior royal has made the journey in more than 25 years, when the Queen and Prince Philip famously posed for photographs on the Great Wall of China.

Japan, likewise, has fond memories of past royal tours. In 1995, Princess Diana paid a visit to a Japanese war cemetery, where she placed a floral tribute on a memorial to pay her respects. Twenty years later, William retraced his mother’s footsteps and signed his name in a book of condolences that had been left next to a black-and-white photograph of the late princess.

As the prince’s tour draws to a close, Hello! looks back on some of the most memorable royal visits to Japan and China through the years.

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