Japan's Crown Prince Akahito and his wife, Princess Michiko, received the golden key to the city of Amman and toured the ancient Roman ruins at Jerash as part of their official visit to Jordan on Thursday (10 June).
Japan's Crown Prince Akahito and his wife, Princess Michiko, received the golden key to the city of Amman and toured the ancient Roman ruins at Jerash as part of their official visit to Jordan on Thursday (10 June). The Japanese royal couple are currently on an 18-day tour, that takes them to four nations.
SYNOPSIS: The official guest Palace in Amman was the scene of Thursday's presentation ceremony. Crown Prince Akahito and Princess Michiko were received by the Mayor of the city, Mohammad Touken and his board of city directors. The golden key not only gives the royal couple freedom of Amman, but also serves as an "introduction to the Arab World".
From Amman the Prince and Princess flew by helicopter to Jerash in northern Jordan to visit the ancient Roman ruins. Jerash is regarded as one of the best preserved cities of Roman times in the Middle East. It was colonised during the time of Alexander the Great and has many fine examples of Greco-Roman architecture.
It has three principal theatres and a stadium that was capable of seating some 15,000 people. A number of early Christian churches were also unearthed in recent years.
Jordan's Prince Hassan and his sister Princess Basma accompanied the royal Japanese couple on their inspection tour. Following his visit to Jordan, the heir to the Japanese throne and his wife will make their first visit to a Communist country. They will be the guests of Yugoslavia's President Tito for five days, before flying to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth. The Royal couple had already made a brief visit to Thailand before arriving in Jordan.