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Princess Mako’s engagement officially announced by Imperial Household

By 外務省ホームページ, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino’s engagement to Kei Komuro has been officially announced by the Imperial Household of Japan. As a result of her marriage, the Princess will lose her royal status and since Kei is a commoner.

The pair appeared together on public broadcaster NHK to announce their pending nuptials. Her Imperial Highness works as a researcher at the University of Tokyo Museum while her fiancée works in a Tokyo law office. They first met as students at the International Christian University five years ago.

During the interview, Mako said that she was first attracted to Kei’s “bright smiles like the sun.” She added that, over time, she learned that he is “a sincere, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart.”

She also spoke about her desire for a happy family, “Having a family still goes beyond my imagination, but I hope to make one that is warm, comfortable and filled with smiles.”

Komuro, for his part, said that he was thankful and happy to be accepted by the Imperial Family.

Exact details about the wedding have not been announced, but it is expected to take place in the autumn of next year.

The 25-year-old is the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and the older child of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino. Her younger brother, Prince Hisahito, 10, is one of only four heirs to the throne, as women are not permitted to reign in their own right.

The Emperor expressed his desire to abdicate last year in a televised address; it is expected to take place by the end of 2018 in a one-off law written by the Japanese parliament. Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed his father who is only followed in the line of succession by his younger brother and nephew.

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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.