Heritage

Princess Ayako of Japan Gives Up Her Royal Title in Wedding to Commoner Kei Moriya

"I am filled with happiness," she said.
IMAGE JIJI PRESS/EPA-EFE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Comments

It's turning out to be quite the year for royal weddings. On October 29, Japan's Princess Ayako married Kei Moriya at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

As is custom, Ayako, who is the daughter of the cousin of the emperor, had to give up her royal status in order to marry for love. While women who marry royal men are welcomed into the Imperial family, if a royal woman marries a commoner, as Ayako did, she must give up her title.

Per the AP, "Ayako bid farewell to Emperor Akihito last week."

This morning's private event was attended only by close family, but we do know a few things about the ceremony. According to the Associated Press, it "included an exchange of rings and a sharing of a cup of sake."

CNN reports that following their marriage celebration, Moriya and Ayako spoke with journalists outside the shrine. "I would like to support her firmly and, hand in hand, build a happy family with lots of laughter," Moriya said, also noting that his wife looked "beautiful."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

Ayako also commented, "I am awed by how blessed I am," and "I am filled with happiness."

"I will leave the imperial family today," she said, "but I will remain unchanged in my support for his majesty and her majesty."

The happy couple met late last year and were formally engaged earlier this summer in a traditional ceremony.

"I met Mr. Moriya for the first time in December last year," Princess Ayako said at a press conference following the announcement of their plans to marry.

"I remember that our conversation got so lively that it didn't feel like we had just met and that I had so much fun that I forgot about time."

Ayako is the second Japanese royal to give up her title to marry a commoner in recent years. Her older sister Princess Noriko did the same in 2014, and her cousin Princess Mako is currently engaged to marry commoner Kei Komuro in 2020.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

Comments
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Caroline Hallemann
View Other Articles From Caroline Hallemann
Comments
Latest Stories
 
Share
It’s never a dull moment with your family, but that doesn’t mean you should succumb to becoming the entertainment.
 
Share
She's part of a rare breed of dedicated restaurant pastry chefs in the metro, and her future's looking pretty sweet.
 
Share
Queen Victoria was the first monarch to purchase Patek Philippe watches and started a trend among royals shortly after.
 
Share
Two luxury hotels in Athens and Crete offer the perfect late summer vacation-and surprising life lessons.
 
Share
The new HBO miniseries starring Helen Mirren recreates some of the Empress's famous jewels, which she used to cement her authority as an enlightened despot.
 
Share
The expected guest list for Japan's centuries-old ceremony reads like a who's who of the modern monarchy.
 
Share
They've already had their engagement party-now on to the main event.
 
Share
Tina Legarda started at a time when it wasn’t common for women to lead in the kitchen.
 
Share
Think of guilt-free snacking as your stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle.
 
Share
With the LG customization tour, the brand highlights Rene Lacoste's roots in tennis and creativity.
 
Share
Richly colored pieces are the surefire way to make your space pop.
 
Share
You don't have to dress as a 2020 candidate to have some political fun this Halloween.
Load More Articles
CONNECT WITH US