Japanese Princess Mako engaged to commoner: When is the wedding?

Jenna Warner
September 4, 2017

The 25-year-olds said their relationship, which was first reported in May, started when they met at a university campus meeting five years ago.

"First I was attracted by his bright smile", Princess Mako said of her fiancee during a press conference.

Mako's renouncement of royal status will make her the 8th member of the Imperial family to renounce status in order to marry since World War II.

Princess Mako (right) is engaged to Kei Komuro (left).

The princess will lose her royal status after marrying Kei Komuro, who is a commoner.

During a press conference on Sunday, Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, announced she will Wednesday her former university classmate Kei Komuro. During the program, Komuro went to the University of California in Los Angeles, while Princess Mako studied at the University of Edinburgh.

Over time the princess learnt that he is a 'sincere, strong-minded, hard worker'.

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". Once she relinquishes her royal status, the Imperial family to just 18 members, already including the emperor.

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. He also added that he proposed to her in December 2013.

Her fiancé, Kei Komuro, is a 25-year-old law firm employee. She now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

The announcement was originally expected in July, but was not made due to a rain disaster in the country.

Princess Mako's engagement is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, after which an official date will be set.

In early June, Japan's parliament enacted a one-time change in the law which will allow the 83-year old Akihito to abdicate in favor of his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito, 5, for Japan's Chrysanthem Throne.

She has since introduced him to her parents, Prince Akishino - second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne - and Princess Kiko, as someone she wished to "share her future with".

Prince Hisahito is now third in line to the throne after his uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito, and his father Prince Akishino.

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