In today’s fairy tale-esque news, Japanese princess Mako of Akishino is giving up her royal status to marry a commoner. The oldest granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito of the Chrysanthemum Throne, Mako has decided to give up her status to marry Kei Komuro a legal assistant and fellow classmate of hers at Tokyo’s International Christian University.
In true princess form Mako claims after meeting Komuro five years ago at an event for students, she was attracted by “his bright smiles like the sun”. The couple then initiated a long distance relationship whilst she was studying in the UK and he in the US, before introducing him to her parents as someone she wanted to “share her future with”. It was not long after that Komuro proposed to Princess Mako and the fairy tale began.
Female members of the Japanese Imperial family have no claim to the throne, but women are not allowed to succeed the throne so Mako will lose her royal status once she marries Komuro a commoner. Her parents have met the news with excitement for her upcoming nuptials.
Although happy news may cause some trouble within the Japanese Imperial family, after concerns were raised about the future of the 2600-year-old bloodline. However, Mako is not the first to marry a commoner. Mako takes after her grandfather Emperor Akihito, who was the first. However, since the ruling does not apply to males, he was able to marry breaking the almost two thousand year tradition.
Despite this plans for the wedding have begun but no details have been decided on just yet. The palace officials say the ceremony is expected sometime around autumn next year, after the official authorisation of the engagement and a series of traditional Japanese rituals.
We’ll be waiting in anticipation to see the not-so-royal, royal wedding.
Image Credits: via the Daily Mail
Article written by Alison Donnellan