‘We Cannot Pretend That the Past Did Not Exist’: The Windsor Dynasty and Japan, 1941–1971

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy book series (PSMM)

This chapter looks at the role that royal relations played in the normalisation of Anglo-Japanese relations after the Second World War. British policy-makers in the Foreign Office hoped that in the post-1945 period it would be possible to renew relations between Britain and Japan through the mechanisms provided by connections between the two royal families, especially given that there was a pre-existing tradition of such ties. In contrast to Chap.  9 exploring the 1953 visit to Marshal Tito, this chapter argues that the close links of the royal family with the nation’s armed forces made it very difficult for governments to play the ‘royal card’ effectively, despite the traditional connection. However, it also considers the reasons why, in time, the Queen’s visit to Japan in 1975 did enable the turning of a new page in Anglo-Japanese relations.


Foreign Policy Royal Family State Visit Constitutional Monarchy British Press 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International History, London School of Economics (LSE)LondonUK

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