Reuters. Princess Mako of Japan, eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, walks in the garden of their Akasaka royal estate residence in Tokyo, Japan on October 23, 2021, her 30th birthday and before her wedding, October 6, 2021.
TOKYO (Reuters) – Princess Mako of Japan celebrated her 30th birthday on Saturday, marking her last birthday as a member of the royal family before marrying her boyfriend next week.
Her marriage to Kei Komuro on Tuesday means she will become a commoner under the law, stating that female members of the royal family cannot retain their royal status after marriage.
Pictures of Mako walking to the Imperial Ground with her younger sister were published by the Imperial Household Agency, but the princess made no comment on the occasion of her birthday.
The three-year engagement between Princess Mako and Komuro was marked by scandal and controversy, which began when a tabloid reported that Komuro was embroiled in a money scandal.
The Imperial Household Agency told a news conference in early October that Princess Mako had developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from her fianc’s intense media screening.
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