[Photos] Japanese Princess Renounced Her Royalty, Marry A Commoner

Princess Ayako of Japan is no longer a royalty after she got married to a commoner.

The 28-year old who renounced her royal status to wed a commoner, tied the knot on Monday morning October 29th in a Shinto ceremony at Tokyo’s historic Meiji Shrine. Her groom, Kei Moriya, 32, is a shipping executive.

Japanese Princess Renounced Her Royalty, Marry A Commoner

A small group of about 30 family members attended the wedding ceremony, according to news reports.

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Ayako, who is the daughter of the emperor’s cousin, spoke to reporters following the ceremony to express her joy.

She said:

How happy I am that so many people have celebrated (our marriage). We want to make efforts to become a couple like my mother and father.

Marrying a commoner means Ayako is no longer royalty. Women who marry into the imperial family become members of the family, but those who marry commoners, like Ayako, must leave.

With a diminishing royal line, however, changes have been brought to the protocol. To accommodate this need, on Friday, in a first of its kind historical change, Ayako’s mother, Princess Hisako, 65, announced her daughter would continue to retain patronage over two institutions.

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Moriya said he hoped to help Ayako adjust to a commoner’s life, telling reporters:

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I want us to work together, hand in hand, to create a family filled with smiles.

Ayako bid farewell to Emperor Akihito last week. She said Monday she hoped to continue to help the emperor and empress as a former member of the imperial family.

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Japanese Princess Renounced Her Royalty, Marry A Commoner

Japanese Princess Renounced Her Royalty, Marry A Commoner

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