Japan's Emperor and Empress heading home from UK

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are on their way home from London, where they attended the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II.

On Monday night, the couple flew out of Stansted Airport, which is located in a London suburb. They are due to arrive at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Tuesday afternoon.

During the funeral at Westminster Abbey, the couple observed two minutes of silence, alongside other dignitaries, to bid farewell to the Queen. The Emperor wore a morning suit for the occasion, while the Empress had on a black formal day dress.

Emperor Naruhito's attendance at the Queen's funeral reflects the close ties between the Japanese Imperial family and the British royals.

The Emperor spent time with the Queen, when he was a student at Oxford University. He studied at the institution for two years in the 1980s. Aides say he has fond memories of his meetings with the Queen.

The visit to London was the Emperor's first overseas trip since he ascended the throne in 2019.