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​Prince William remembers Princess Diana during his Tokyo visit


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February 27, 2015
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He may bethousands of miles from home, but Prince William felt a special bond with his late mother Princess Diana while visiting Yokohama British Commonwealth War Cemetery inJapan on Friday.

Prince William paused at several graves during his tour of the cemetery Photo: Getty Images

Upon thePrince's arrival at the cemetery there was a picture set out of his mother layinga wreath at the same location 20 years earlier. William took a moment to viewthe black-and-white photo, which showed Diana wearing a navy coat as she paid her respects on February 7, 1995,before signing the book of condolences on the table.

A photo of Princess Diana was laid out showing her visit from 20 years earlier Photo: Getty Images

Often keepingthe thoughts of his mother private, William opened up about his grief last yearafter becoming the royal patron of the Child Bereavement Charity.

"Neverbeing able to say the word 'mommy' again in your life sounds like asmall thing," he said. "However, for many, including me, it's nowreally just a word — hollow and evoking only memories."

Princess Diana at the Japanese War Cemetery in 1995 Photo: Getty Images

The Duke tooktime to tour the cemetery before following in his mother's footsteps andplacing his own wreath at the memorial. He accompanied the arrangement with hisown heartfelt message. "May wenever forget all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom," hewrote.

The Duke took a moment to view the photo of his mother Photo: Getty Images

Later thatday, the 32-year-old had a more lighthearted engagement in which he helped launchthe Innovation is GREAT campaign in the Tokyo district of Roppongi Hills. Hethen donned a traditional Japanese Happi coat and took part in a sake barrelbreaking ceremony at Mori Academy. The father of Prince George then spoke aboutsome of the dream jobs he had as a child.

Later in the day, William took part in a sake barrel breaking Photo: Getty Images

"When I was younger, I dreamt of beingan astronaut," he said. "But I also thought that I was going to be a policeman one day, as avery small boy." And showing off his humorous side, the Prince added,"I've always wanted to say I'd be something like a fire breather. Butthat's far too alternative. So sadly, just a policeman for me."

Audiences were delighted to see the Prince in traditional Japanese garb Photo: Getty Images

The future king arrived in Tokyo on Thursday as part of a weeklong tour throughJapan and China, a first for the royal. Also on the royal itinerary are visitsto Beijing and Shanghai, where he will be highlighting British links with Japanand China and addressing issues such innovation, trade and creativity.

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