The Prime Minster of Japan, His Excellency Shinzo Abe was welcomed to the UK with a Guard of Honour from The Irish Guards at The Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 10 January. He arrived at the office by car and was greeted by the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May alongside Major General Commanding the Household Division, Major General Ben Bathurst. The meeting highlighted the strong partnership the UK has with Japan in industry and in facing up to the global challenges of the 21st century.
The prestigious ceremony began with the Irish Guards presenting arms prior to The Band of the Scots Guards Band playing ‘Scipio’. On marching up to the dais the Captain of the Guard saluted with his sword and, in Japanese, said “Good morning Sir. Number Two Company, 1st Battalion Irish Guards are formed up and awaiting your inspection.”