Japan’s Princess Gives Up Her Royal Status As She Marries A “Commoner”

If you’re a woman in the Japanese royal family and you decide to marry a person who does not come from the Royals, then you must leave the throne, the imperial law says. Japan’s Princess Ayako, decided to abide the law. She married the commoner Kei Moriya on a ritual-filled ceremony. Kei Moriua is a 32-year-old commoner who works for a major shipping company. He has nothing to do with the Royals. He’s a businessman but this wasn’t an obstacle for Princess Auako to marry him.

Here is a video with some parts of the ceremony:

Princess Ayako, 28, is the third daughter of Prince Takamado. She’s pictured with her husband, as she is wearing a traditional gown.

Their wedding ceremony was held at Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo.

The new bride wearing a ceremonial gown along with her husband.

Princess Ayako of Takamado greeting her mother Princess Hisako of Takamado. Whereas Princess Ayako’s father, Prince Takamado, died in 2002.

The bride wearing a light yellow robe, that has green, and red patterns. She renounced the throne to marry Kei and she feels happy to marry the one she loves. After the wedding ceremony, she even told reporters “I am filled with happiness.”

The bride and groom sharing some giggles.

Princess Ayako of Takamado and Kei Moriya walking to the hall prior to their wedding at Meiji Jingu Shrine


The new couple was shown on national news walking slowly before guests at the shrine.

The bride wore a Heian-era style hairdo, which is swept back into a ponytail for the ceremony.

The groom told reporters after the ceremony that he hopes they will ‘create a family filled with smiles’.

Japan's Princess Gives Up Royal Status

Princess Ayako of Takamado and Kei Moriya pictured after their wedding. On their engagement, the Princess spoke to reporters: ‘It didn’t feel as though we had met for the first time‘, telling that she has been attracted to Kei’s gentle spirit.

Whereas Kei spoke about his bride saying: ‘And I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her.’


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Source: Dailymail