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H.I.M. Empress Dowager Shoken (née Ichijo Masako)

BORN : 9 MAY 1849, Kyoto,Japan
DIED : 9 APR 1914, Numazu,Shizuoka,Japan
BURIED : Momoyama,Kyoto,Japan

FATHER : Prince Ichijo Tadako
MOTHER : Princess Fushimi Yoriko [1827 - 1908]

PARTNER : HIM Emperor Meiji (Sachi-no-Miya Mutsuhito) [3 NOV 1852 - 29 JUL 1912]
Union: 8 SEP 1867, Kyoto,Japan



NOTES:
She played host to the wife of former US President Ulysses S. Grant during his visit to Japan, and was also present for the Emperor's meetings with Hawaiian King Kalakaua in 1881, later that same year, she helped host the visit of the sons of futu re British King Edward VII, Prince Albert Victor and Prince George (the future George V), from 1887, she was often at the Emperor's side, in his official visits to schools, factories, and even Army maneuvres. She was known throughout her reign fo r her support of charity work, and of women's education, she also worked for the establishment of the Japanese Red Cross Society.
She was styled as follows...
Lady Masako Ichijo [9.5.1849] - [11.1.1869]
Her Imperial Majesty The Empress of Japan [11.1.1869] - [30.7.1912]
Her Imperial Majesty The Empress Dowager (Kotaigo) of Japan [30.7.1912] - [9.4.1914]
Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Shoken (Shoken Kotaigo)(posthumous title on 9th April 1914)
She was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown (Japan), Dame of the Order of the Royal House of Chakri (Thailand), Dame of the Order of Queen Maria Luisa (Spain)



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