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Japan's Princess Mako decides to marry commoner - to lose her royal status

Princess Mako, the first born of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko is set to marry a commoner and lose her royal status in Japan’s imperial family.  The grand-daughter of Emperor Akihito lost her heart to a 25 year old ocean enthusiast Kei Komuro.  Unlike European royal families, Japanese royalty tends to stay aloof from the media and people, hence not much detail is readily available about the princess’s life.

Princess Mako, the first born of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko is set to marry a commoner and lose her royal status in Japan’s imperial family.

The grand-daughter of Emperor Akihito lost her heart to a 25 year old ocean enthusiast Kei Komuro.

Unlike European royal families, Japanese royalty tends to stay aloof from the media and people, hence not much detail is readily available about the princess’s life.

She studied in the same institution as Komuro – International Christian University in Tokyo. The duo had met for the first time at a restaurant in Tokyo’s Shibuya five years ago to talk about studying abroad.

The 25 year old princess’ parents reportedly approved of the match. Komuro promotes beach tourism, apart from being a violin player and a cook, reports CNN.

However, Princess Mako is still going to lose her royal status once she marries, according to royal status. Women cannot ascend the Imperial Throne – Mako’s father and 10 year old brother are second and third in line to the throne.

Even though she will become a commoner after the wedding, the wedding itself will be an elaborate and drawn out affair, starting with the announcement and then numerous traditional ceremonies.

The marriage proposal has now been sent for the formal approval of the Emperor and Empress. 

 

 

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