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Princess Mako to lose her royal status after marrying her long-time boyfriend

Princess Mako to lose her royal status after marrying her long-time boyfriend

Emperor Akihito, 83, is planning on retiring from the royal throne in 2018.

On this, Princess Mako said, "From my childhood, I have spent my life, bearing in mind that when I get married, I would lose my Imperial Family member status".

Princess Mako first met her fiance Kei Komuro in 2012 when they were first-year students at International Christian University (ICU) in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka.

The exact details of the wedding are still yet to be decided, but according to the palace officials, the wedding will take place in autumn next year.

The two met during their freshman year and became close in 2012 when they took part in an orientation session for study overseas programs. The princess studied at a graduate school in Britain from September 2014.

The Princess graduated from university with a master's degree in art museum and gallery studies and now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo. Then Komuro proposed to her after dinner in December 2013. They started dating before they attended different universities as part of the exchange program.

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Mr Komuro is studying business law and works at a law firm.

However, under the Japanese "Imperial House Law" she will become a commoner when she ties the knot as it's only believed that royal blood runs in the male line of succession. She'll lose her royal status after marrying the commoner.

Princess Mako is the first to have an informal engagement among the four grandchildren of the Emperor and Empress. He is the eldest son of Toshikatsu Komuro, a former employee of the Yokohama city government, who died in 2002, and his wife Kayo, 51. The Emperor was quoted as saying, "It's good because the weather is fine today".

The couple maintained a long-distance relationship as Mako studied in Britain and Komuro in the USA for one year. They announcement was originally planned for July, but they made a decision to postpone it following the heavy rains and flooding in northern Kyushu that month.

The elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko is a popular figure in Japan, with Wikipedia describing her as "something of an internet idol since 2004" largely thanks to her fashion choices.

Komuro said he was so thankful and happy to have been accepted by her parents, and her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.


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