Princess Ayako of Japan gave up her royal status to marry a commoner named Kei Moriya on October 29, 2018. The two got married at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo's Meiji Shrine, and thus princess Ayako became the latest female royal to leave Japan's imperial family. Reportedly, the 28-year-old princess is the daughter of Emperor Akihito's late cousin Prince Takamado, who tied the knot with the 32-year-old Moriya, who is said to be an employee of shipping company Nippon Yusen.
On the occasion of their marriage, the princess was seen wearing a layered court Kimono and moulded hairdo, which resembles the typical hairstyle of the aristocracy while the groom sported a black tuxedo with grey trousers. The couple exchanged rings at the shrine dedicated to the spirit of the princess' great-grandfather, Emperor Meji.
In a news conference, the princess revealed that she was ecstatic to be married and that she appreciates so many people coming to visit them at the Meji Shrine in order to congratulate them. The Japanese royals have been given freedom to marry whom they want for at least the past three generations. Reportedly, Emperor Akihito was the first crown prince to marry a commoner, who became Empress Michiko. The two are said to have met while playing at a tennis court.
After the marriage, Princess Ayako had to renounce her status as a royal, as she had married a commoner. As per reports, it is a practice for women under the country's law. After signing the marriage papers, the princess will officially become Ayako Moriya.
Reportedly, the Royal family of Japan has been experiencing a shortage of males and so the shrinking of the royal family has raised many concerns and calls for the changes in the Imperial law, but the conservatives have deeply resisted to allowing the female to inherit the Chrysanthemum Throne.