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Every once in a while, we hear a story that makes us believe in true love again. And the story of Princess Ayako and her husband is one such story.


Princess Ayako of Japan, 28, the youngest daughter of Princess Hasako and Prince Takamado, was forced to forfeit her royal status under Imperial law when she chose to marry a 32-year-old man with no ties to the royal family.


Kei Moriya, an employee of the shipping company Nippon, and Princess Ayako were married on October 29th in a small ceremony in Tokyo. CNN reported that Moriya said the Princess was "beautiful" and that they wanted to build a life and family together, while Ayako said: "I am awed by how blessed I am."

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




Ayako leaves the royal family under antiquated law. This same law does not allow a woman to inherit the throne, which is particularly troublesome at this moment for the Japanese monarchy. Emperor Akihito announced that he will officially abdicate the throne on April 30, 2019, and that it will be passed to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Naruhito currently only has one son, who is 12. Will the responsibility of carrying on the royal line be put on a pre-teen?







The photos are pretty fantastic:



Oh, and best hold on to this:


The government will pay Princess Ayako a one-time disbursement of $950,000 to cover living expenses, as she will no longer be afforded the privileges of the royal family.

"I am very happy that we held the wedding at this Meiji Shrine where my great grandfather Meiji Emperor is worshiped," Ayako said. "I feel so happy."

H/T: CNN, Twitter

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