Japan Earthquake & Tsunami: The Prince Of Wales’ Message to the Emperor of Japan

Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and next in line to the British throne, has added his voice to the many expressing their sympathy with those affected by the natural disasters affecting Japan.

On hearing of the destruction caused by the massive earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan on Friday 11th March 2011, the Prince of Wales made the following message to the Emperor of Japan:


“It was with the greatest shock and sadness that my wife and I heard the terrible news this morning of a massive earthquake in North East Japan.

I can only begin to imagine the horrifying situation with which local communities and your Emergency Services are having to deal.  We have been following reports closely and I wanted Your Majesty to know how much our hearts go out to the families and friends of all those who have lost their lives, have been injured or have seen their property destroyed.     You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers at this most dreadful and challenging of times.


The Prince of Wales”

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall last visited Japan in October 2008 during which Their Royal Highnesses visited Tokyo, Nara and Nagano.

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