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.
Japan's Princess Ayako has surrendered her royal status to marry for love https://t.co/wLpvcqES0j https://t.co/Sn4xhMl85y— CNN International (@CNN International)1540808472.0
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."
高円宮家の三女の絢子さまと、大手海運会社に勤務する守谷慧さんの結婚式が、東京の明治神宮で行われました。 午前10時半すぎに明治神宮に到着すると、鳥居の前で出迎えた守谷さんとともに式をあげる神楽殿へと進まれました。… https://t.co/RJMFu0WIFa— NHKニュース (@NHKニュース)1540782363.0
Ceremony at the Takamado residence before Princess Ayako departs for her wedding at Meiji Shrine on October 29, 201… https://t.co/LflaCu3S4M— Prisma (@Prisma)1540795980.0
Japan's Princess Ayako married her commoner fiancé, Kei Moriya, today at the Meiji Shrine. As such, she is no longe… https://t.co/L6qycSY1Uh— Brittani Barger (@Brittani Barger)1540798852.0
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?
@brittani_91 @RoyalCentral That’s a huge leap of faith. Not many people have given up servants, money and a luxury lifestyle for love 🙄— SJJ (@SJJ)1540807287.0
@brittani_91 Amen, true love lives on 🙏🙏🙏— Maggie Staines (@Maggie Staines)1540802391.0
@brittani_91 I hope he has a great job. His wife has given up MUCH! May he always treat her as not his princess, bu… https://t.co/L8guaEVHXn— mycatsmuse (@mycatsmuse)1540825833.0
@brittani_91 This is never worth it. Men aint shit. https://t.co/zxyFSaWkgX— Olive (@Olive)1540817419.0
@ImperialJPNfan Okay but how did she get her hair like that? I need to know— Sensei (@Sensei)1540821943.0
@ImperialJPNfan Yesssss!!! I LOVE IT when LOVE CONQUERS ALL!! .. Congratulations Princess!! 🙌🏼👊🏼👍🏼— ssanchez (@ssanchez)1540813963.0
The photos are pretty fantastic:
Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya answer press questions after their wedding at Meiji Shrine on October 29, 2018. 📷: Ma… https://t.co/HUG1oG1XK2— Prisma (@Prisma)1540796525.0
Princess Ayako joins Kei Moriya at Meiji Shrine. They proceed to Kaguraden (Hall of Sacred Music and Dance) for th… https://t.co/x2YmqMP88m— Prisma (@Prisma)1540796226.0
Oh, and best hold on to this:
I'm saving the Japanese Imperial family tree before Princess Ayako gets removed in a few days when she marries. Sou… https://t.co/ccH9lGIp9H— Prisma (@Prisma)1540580839.0
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."