Princess Mako's engagement celebrated but mood soured by N. Korea test

04 September, 2017, 11:01 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

Komuro added that he was thankful and happy to have been accepted by her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

The pair held a press conference yesterday to confirm the happy news and adorably compared their love to the sun and the moon.

Women can't ascend to the throne in Japan, nor can they retain their royal status if they marry a commoner.

Japan's Princess Mako has formally announced her engagement to a commoner after receiving the emperor's approval.

The official announcement of the engagement had been scheduled in early July after the Japanese media were reporting about them in mid-May, but the Imperial Household Agency made a decision to postpone the event due to torrential rains that were striking southwestern Japan.

Publicly addressing her engagement for the first time, the 25-year-old said she was first drawn to Komuro's "bright smiles like the sun", and has come to learn he is "a honest, strong-minded, hard worker" with "a big heart".

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The couple, both 25, met when the the princess sat behind him at a campus meeting five years ago at Tokyo's International Christian University, where they graduated.

Princess Mako and Kei Komuro addressed the press together for the first time on Sunday. 5-year-old announced her engagement News.

But the announcement was postponed because heavy rain and flooding hit the northern part of the Kyushu region in early July, with Princess Mako and Komuro worrying about the situation in areas afflicted by the disaster and feeling sympathy for affected people.

Princess Mako's engagement is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, after which an official date will be set. According to the ceremonial rituals, "Komuro's messenger will visit the princess' Imperial residence with gifts to formally vow engagement", the Japanese website writes. The wedding is expected to take place next year, according to the public broadcaster NHK.

Princess Mako is the first of Emperor Akihito's four grandchildren who will walk down the aisle, and when she marries there will only be 13 female members left in the royal family.

Reports also suggest that the emperor might attend the wedding. This matrimony will make her lose a lot of privileges as a member of the Japanese Imperial Family. Princess Mako has a master's degree from the UK's University of Leicester and is now a researcher at a museum.

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