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#PrincessMako to marry a commoner: Some things to know about #Japan's 4 royal grandchildren

#PrincessMako to marry a commoner: Some things to know about #Japan's 4 royal grandchildren

Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Japan's Emperor Akihito, 83, and Empress Michiko, 82, will soon become engaged to her university classmate and is expected to marry early next year (2018), news reports revealed this week. Princess Mako is the daughter of Prince Akishino, 51, the emperor's second son, and his wife Princess Kiko, 50. She has two siblings: Princess Kako and Prince Hisahito. In line with Japanese Imperial household law, she will lose her royal status after marrying a commoner. This has reignited debate on the ever- shrinking royal family and the monarchy's male-only succession. Here are some things to know about Emperor Akihito's four grandchildren: Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sign Up Princess Mako The 25-year-old princess is expected to marry law firm employee Kei Komuro, also 25, in early 2018. The couple met in 2012 while they wer...

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