Japan’s Princess Ayako surrendered her royal status to marry for love
The couple married on Monday 29 October at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, in the presence of close friends and family members, while around 1,000 well-wishers had turned up to the shrine to congratulate the bride and groom.
Ayako, 28, is the youngest child of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Norihito, who died at age 47 in 2002. He was the first cousin of Emperor Akihito. Ayako has given up her royal title upon her marriage to a commoner; according to Japan’s Imperial House, female royals must surrender their royal status if they marry a non-royal.