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Mini Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (V)
Vining, Elizabeth Gray


From 1946 to 1950 she was tutor to the then crown prince and present emperor of Japan, Akihito. Her father was John Gordon Gray, was a native of Aberdeen. Her story parallels that of The King and I, as she was the first foreigner permitted inside the living quarters of the Imperial Palace and was, perhaps, closer to Akihito than anyone else outside the imperial household. The emperor still keeps in touch with Mrs. Vining. The late Emperor Hirohito said of her, "If ever anything I did has been a success, it was bringing Mrs. Vining here.".

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