1921 (Taisho 10) Sunday, May 15 Crown Prince Hirohito visits British Prime Minister Lloyd George during his visit to the UK. In the same year, I visited Chequers, which had just become the prime minister’s villa. Crown Prince Hirohito was the first to take the road to the entranceway. At that time, there was talk in Britain that the Anglo-Japanese Alliance should be scrapped, but on the surface the two countries were very friendly allies.
Crown Prince Hirohito’s visit to the British prime minister’s villa Chequers was filmed by a film crew prepared by Prime Minister Lloyd George. It is a valuable material to show the appearance of Imperial Prince Hirohito at that time.
Unfortunately, Emperor Showa could not speak English all his life. Since the common language of court diplomacy in the 19 century was French, the foreign language classes at Togu Gogakumonjo were also French, and this was established. In the 20 century, English rapidly became the common language of the world, and it seems that he himself was also disappointed.