Watch as King Charles welcomes Japan’s emperor in first state visit since cancer diagnosis

Watch as King Charles III and Queen Camilla entertain Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and his wife Empress Masako days before the general election.

The state visit is set to begin on Tuesday 25 June – but without the Princess Royal after her injury.

Anne will miss the state banquet after suffering minor injuries to her head and concussion when she was reportedly kicked by a horse on her Gatcombe Park estate.

The princess’s accident is the latest health upset to the hit the royal family this year, with the King and the Princess of Wales both being diagnosed with and undergoing treatment for cancer, and Sarah, Duchess of York, having skin cancer.

Emperor Naruhito’s trip will go ahead regardless, and the red carpet will be rolled out for the Japanese visitors.

The formal state occasion will include the traditional pomp and pageantry of a ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade, a carriage procession and a grand banquet at Buckingham Palace.

It will take place from Tuesday to Thursday, ending a week before the 4 July election.