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

Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

During a press conference on Sunday, Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, announced she will Wednesday her former university classmate Kei Komuro.

Komuro said they kept in touch even though they were physically far from each other.

Publicly addressing her engagement for the first time, the 25-year-old said she was first drawn to Komuro's "bright smiles like the sun", and has come to learn he is "a honest, strong-minded, hard worker" with "a big heart".

The decision means the princess will have to give up her royal title when they tie the knot. The law does not apply to male members of the royal family.

She also said her love is "a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart".

"Having a family still goes beyond my imagination, but I hope to make one that is warm, comfortable and filled with smiles". "While I worked to help the emperor and fulfill duties as a royal family member as much as I can, I've been cherishing my own life".

Komuro, in response, said Princess Mako "has been quietly watching over me like the moon".

Mako graduated from ICU in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Art and Cultural Heritage.

The official announcement of the engagement had been scheduled in early July after the Japanese media were reporting about them in mid-May, but the Imperial Household Agency chose to postpone the event due to torrential rains that were striking southwestern Japan.

Mako is a part-time researcher at the University of Tokyo's University Museum.

The 25-year-old is expected to announce her engagement to former university classmate Kei Komuro, who works at a law firm.

Komuro served as a "Prince of the Sea" for the tourism promotion campaign while Kamano acted as a "Queen of the Sea". But due to the unfortunate torrential rain that flooded northern Kyushu that month, the royal family chose to postpone the announcement. This is called the traditional rite of betrothal called Nosai no Gi.

Princess Mako's 83-year-old grandfather, Emperor Akihito, is expected to abdicate next year - Japan's first abdication in two centuries.

Following the upcoming marriage, Princess Mako will leave the Imperial Family.

On Sunday evening, Princess Mako and Komuro were slated to have a dinner with Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko and Komuro's mother at the residence of the young princess' parents in the Akasaka estate. He'll be succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

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