The visit is historic in many ways. This is the first time India is hosting the same guests on a state visit, after a gap of 53 years.
Efforts are also on to ensure that the emperor and empress walk down memory lane about their visit to India in 1960 as the crown prince and princess with the same aplomb. Then, president Rajendra Prasad, vice-president S Radhakrishnan and prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru received the couple.
If all goes as per script, this will be fourth time in his career that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be receiving a guest at the airport.
In January 2006, he received Saudi king Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud at the airport — the first time a Saudi King visited India in 51 years. Singh had also received US President Barack Obama and his predecessor George Bush in similar fashion.