Japan's Crown Prince, His Imperial Highness Tsugunomiya Akihito, visited Scotland's historic Edinburgh Castle on Saturday (19 June) during his ten-day nation-wide visit with his wife, Princess Michiko.
GV Cavalcade arriving at Edinburgh Castle
GV Japanese Crown Prince introduced to dignitaries and walking through courtyard
CU Pipers PAN TO Crown Prince shown around castle as crowd watches (2 shots)
SV INT Crown Prince shown armoury, and being handed double-handed sword
SV Crown Prince and Gen. Scott-Barrat talking as they walk through the castle
GV Crown Prince and entourage on battlements
SV Crown Prince into car and away (2 shots)
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Background: Japan's Crown Prince, His Imperial Highness Tsugunomiya Akihito, visited Scotland's historic Edinburgh Castle on Saturday (19 June) during his ten-day nation-wide visit with his wife, Princess Michiko. The visit -- a private one even though the Prince and Princess were entertained by Queen Elizabeth -- was the couple's first to Britain for 23 years. They arrived last Tuesday (15 June) after a tour of Jordan, Yugoslavia and Thailand.
SYNOPSIS: The Crown Prince arrived at the ancient Scottish fortress in a ceremonial cavalcade to a welcome by local dignitaries, and first came a tour of inspection of the Castle's courtyard and buildings. Edinburgh--Scotland's principal city -- owes much of its importance to its commanding position near the mouth of the Firth of Forth. The medieval town grew upon the crest of the long, massive rock which is dominated by the castle. The complex was a fortress from very early times, and certainly from the sixth century A.D., but A.D., but continual structural changes had obliterated all traces before the eleventh century. Most of the buildings which still stand today date from the sixteenth century, and crowds gathered to watch as the Prince was taken on a conducted tour with his guide explaining the Castle's historical importance.
The Prince, who himself comes from a country with a long history of martial arts, took an interest in the Castle's armoury, which houses weapons dating back to Scotland's early history. A double-edged sword was probably not unfamiliar to the Prince, whose ancestors used variations of the same weapons in their own ancient wars. Many of the weapons he saw were originally used in Scotland's battles against England before the state of Union which brought the United Kingdom into being. It joined the two former enemies with Wales and Ireland.
The impressive Castle, dominating the surrounding countryside, provided the Prince with a change of interest. He is a keen marine biologist, and earlier spent part of his tour inspecting a sewage works in London to see the progress being made to combat river pollution.