Prince William started off his trip to Tokyo with a familiar custom to the Brit: tea. The 32-year-old arrived in Tokyo on Thursday as part of a weeklong tour through Japan and China, a first for the royal.
He started his visit with a rainy guided boat tour of Tokyo landmarks and stopped at the historic Hama Rikyu gardens where he took part in a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony by a Grand Master, which is considered a sign of respect. The Prince carefully sipped the drink from an antique Korean bowl and even joked, "I don't want to drop it."
Also on the royal itinerary are visits to Beijing and Shanghai, where the second in line for the UK throne will be highlighting British links with Japan and China and addressing issues such innovation, trade and creativity.
And just moments after his arrival in Tokyo, the Palace announced that William passed the exams he needed to qualify as an air ambulance pilot and will be begin working in his new role this summer. William passed all 14 of his exams required to work as a civilian helicopter pilot, according to the Palace, and had been studying for his air transport pilot license exams since last September.
The next few weeks will prove to be busy for the Duke of Cambridge. Upon his return from Asia and just weeks before the birth of his second child with wife Kate Middleton, he will undergo extra training with Bond Air Services before starting work for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in the summer.
Despite his royal duties, the Prince will aim to work as close to full time as possible, covering shifts for the team based in Cambridge and Norwich. His salary will be donated to charity.