Princess Mako of Japan finally relinquishes her royal title in order to marry her commoner boyfriend.
Princess Mako of Japan has given up her royal status in order to marry her commoner boyfriend, causing popular outrage.
Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of the reigning Emperor Naruhito, married Kei Komuro, a commoner, after an eight-year engagement in Tokyo on Tuesday.
Women are forbidden from succeeding to the Chrysanthemum Throne in Japan, and if they marry commoners, they must give up their titles.
The low-key wedding, which drew criticism, was devoid of customary rites, with the couple expressing regret about the turmoil surrounding their engagement.
The closed-door ceremony was a far cry from the pomp and circumstance of past Japanese royal weddings, which often feature a reception, feast, and official family pictures.
Mako was seen leaving her family’s Akasaka Estate mansion early Tuesday, bowing to her father Crown Prince Akishino and mother Crown Princess Kiko before hugging sister Princess Kako. She then drove herself to a registrar office to married Kei away from the cameras and a divided public.