- A Japanese princess, named Ayako has denounced her royal status to marry the love of her life
- Ayako who was born into the imperial family of Japan gave it all up to marry a commoner named Kai Moriya
- According to the imperial law, every female member of the royal family has to forfeit their royal status if they decide to marry someone from a regular family
Japan's Princess Ayako has married a commoner named Kei Moriya in a ritual-filled ceremony at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine. 28-year-old Ayako who was born into the imperial family gave up her royal status just to be with the love of her life.
The wedding ceremony marked the official moment Princess Ayako renounced her royal status just to be married to the love of her life. According to Japan's imperial law, female members of the royal family forfeit their titles, status and allowance if they choose to marry someone who does not have royal or aristocratic family ties. The same rule does not apply to male members of the royal family.
The ceremony was a Shinto-style one, where only close friends and family were present to witness the couple exchange vows and rings as they become husband and wife.
The bride, Ayako wore a Heian-era style hairdo, which is swept back into a ponytail, and a traditional robe splashed with red and green patterns, while the groom, Moriya wore coattails.
Aside from giving up her status to marry Moriya, who works for major shipping company Nippon Yusen, Ayako also had to forfeit her regular allowance and settled for a one-time payment of about R8 million.
When asked, the couple expressed joy and gladness that they were walking this path, against all odds. The groom promised to teach his wife all about the 'commoner' life as she adjusts to the reality of being his wife.
The bride on the other hand, expressed joy that she was lucky and blessed to be doing this with the man she fell in love with.
Congratulations to the couple!
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