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Fevered speculation as Japan princess postpones engagement

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:50 AM

(UPDATED) The wedding of Princess Mako and her college sweetheart will be postponed until 2020 due to lack of 'sufficient preparations,' news reports say

ENGAGEMENT. Princess Mako (R), the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro (L), smile during a press conference to announce their engagement at the Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo on September 3, 2017. Photo by Shizuo Kambayashi/AFP

Japan princess announces engagement with commoner

Sep 03, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Under a controversial tradition Princess Mako forfeits her royal status upon marriage to a commoner

Japan's Princess Mako to marry commoner, lose royal status

May 18, 2017 - 3:10 PM

UPDATED Under a controversial law all female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner This law doesn t apply to male royals

Japanese Princess Mako leaves her home in Tokyo on May 18, 2017.  The upcoming engagement of Emperor Akihito's granddaughter to her college sweetheart has brought joy to Japan but is highlighting the vulnerability of the male-dominated imperial family at a sensitive time for the ancient institution. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT

Japan plans to have new emperor in 2019 – media

Jan 11, 2017 - 1:28 PM

UPDATED Major national newspapers cite unnamed sources as saying Crown Prince Naruhito 56 would succeed his father Akihito on New Year s Day 2019

SUCCESSION. In this file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito (2nd L) and Empress Michiko (R) look out at well-wishers while Crown Prince Naruhito (L) and Crown Princess Masako (2nd R) walk behind as they make a public appearance on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2016. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japanese Emperor Akihito turns 80

Dec 23, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Emperor Akihito lauds his wife for standing by him in his lonely pursuit of leading the world s oldest monarchy

ROYAL WAVE. Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to thousands of well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass on the the day of his 80th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, 23 December 2013. EPA/Franck Robichon

Prince Hisahito: the future of Japan's monarchy

Jul 10, 2013 - 7:00 PM

UPDATED Prince Hisahito 10 will be entrusted with keeping alive a genealogical line traditionalists say can be traced back to a prehistoric goddess

This August 10, 2016 hand-out picture shows Prince Hisahito of Akishino posing at a rice field of the Akishino-no-miya residence in Tokyo. File photo by Imperial Household Agency/AFP

European royalty due at Luxembourg royal wedding

Oct 18, 2012 - 11:18 AM

From Friday through Saturday the only Grand Duchy in the world will turn up the lights for Prince Guillaume and Countess Stephanie de Lannoy

Belgian Countess Stephanie de Lannoy (L) and Prince Guillaume, hereditary Grand-Duke of Luxembourg pose at the official ceremony for Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg to present his fiancee on April 27, 2012 at the Grand-Ducal palace in Luxembourg. AFP PHOTO/BELGA /ERIC LALMAND