A recently discovered picture of then Crown Prince Akihito was taken by Joe O’Donnell, the photographer famed for his chilling shot of a boy carrying his dead brother after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

The black-and-white photo shows Akihito in a suit and necktie with a gentle expression. It was likely taken at the White House during Akihito’s first visit to the United States.

The photograph was sent to Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko in June.

At age 19, Akihito toured the United States and 13 nations in Europe between March and October 1953. During his visit to Britain, Akihito attended the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of his father, posthumously known as Emperor Showa.

In September, Akihito arrived in the United States and met with President Dwight Eisenhower.

The recently discovered image appears to have been shot at the time. The photo-mount bears the words, “Emperor Akihito as a young man,” handwritten by O’Donnell.

O’Donnell was a U.S. Marine photographer when he took his most famous picture, “Yakiba ni Tatsu Shonen” (A boy standing at a cremation site), around the end of World War II in 1945.

The photo shows a barefoot boy waiting in line and staring ahead at a crematorium in Nagasaki with his dead baby brother strapped to his back.

Pope Francis last year used the photograph in his call for peace and the elimination of nuclear weapons.

O’Donnell, who died in 2007, was a White House photographer when Akihito met with Eisenhower.

Although the picture of Akihito was initially owned by the photographer, he presented it to a Japanese friend during a visit to Japan to organize a photo exhibition in 1992.

The friend gave the photo to Makoto Yamazaki, now 81, who lives in Morioka and was friendly with O’Donnell, in February this year.

The image was eventually delivered to Akihito and Michiko by Chieko Suemori, a 78-year-old picture book editor in Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture.

Suemori said Michiko said it is “a nice photo” when she looked at her husband in the picture.

A copy of the photo is kept by O’Donnell’s widow, Kimiko Sakai, 58, who lives in the United States.

“I am happy,” Sakai said about the imperial couple receiving the photo. “I recall that the empress emerita referred to the photo when Joe passed away. I appreciate it.”

Michiko’s statement released to coincide with her birthday in 2007, the year of O’Donnell’s death, said “to this day the image (‘Yakiba ni Tatsu Shonen’) is still vivid in my mind.”