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Japan’s Princess Ayako announces her engagement and renounces her royal status to marry commoner

Japan’s Princess Ayako announces her engagement and renounces her royal status to marry commoner

Japan’s Imperial Household Agency announced officially that Princess Ayako is going to marry with a commoner in a two-year period after following Princess Mako who last September announced plans to tie the knot with college classmate Kei Komuro in 2020. Japan Today reported.

The 27-year-old Princess Ayako unveiled her fiancé Kei Moriya on Monday, she announced their wedding will take place on October 29 at the Meiji Jingu shrine in Tokyo. Princess Ayako is the youngest daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin Prince Takamado. She is the second of her kind to marry a person who isn’t a royal. Last autumn, Princess Mako and her college classmate Kei Komuro announced their engagement.

Both Emperor Akihito’s grandchildren who made a decision to marry the commoners will lose her royal status after they tie a knot. Princess Ayako’s fiance works for shipping firm NYK Line and she fell in love with her fiancé’s “kind, smart and decisive personality” when her mother introduced them in December last year. According to the 27-year-old royal, she and her fiance are happy together and they became naturally drawn to each other.

‘I think we were able to come this far thanks to the wonderful ties started by our mothers,’

Princess added.

Her fiance, who proposed to her at a restaurant, said he had fallen in love with the ‘bright and positive’ princess.

Female members of the Imperial family have no claim to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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Last September, Princess Mako, Emperor Akihito’s oldest grandchild, and her college classmate Kei Komuro announced their engagement. Unlike her cousin Mako, Ayako is not a direct descendent of Emperor Akihito, who is planning to abdicate next year.

Mako announced plans to engage one for the Imperial Household Agency to reveal in February that the wedding, originally set for November, would be delayed until 2020, citing lack of time for preparations.