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Japan’s Princess Aiko graduates from high school

By 独立行政法人水資源機構ホームページ, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Japan’s Princess Aiko has graduated from high school as the famous Japanese Cherry Blossoms bloomed. The only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended her graduation ceremony at Tokyo’s Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School over the weekend.

The 18-year-old wore a face mask and her school uniform on Sunday afternoon for the ceremony that had been scaled back due to COVID-19. Parents were allowed to attend, but the Emperor and Empress stayed away. They said in a statement that they were thinking of all those impacted and the difficulties they are facing due to the virus.

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Princess Aiko smiled and waved at those assembled who came to see her for her graduation. She posed for photos for the media and answered some questions, as well. Her Imperial Highness said she enjoyed her time in school and had many experiences.

“I’ve experienced a lot and had a very enjoyable and fulfilling school life,” she said.

The Imperial Household Agency said she received her diploma in her classroom after her graduation ceremony.

The royal had not attended school in several weeks as Japan had shut schools due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Princess Aiko will attend Gakushuin University in Tokyo beginning in the spring. The Princess is due to study in the at the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, just like her father before her.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.