A Japanese princess has married a commoner in a ceremony at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine.

Princess Ayako is the 28-year-old daughter of the emperor’s cousin, and the groom, 32-year-old Kei Moriya, works for major shipping company Nippon Yusen.

Japanese Princess Ayako, front, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya, rear, arrive at Meiji Shrine for their wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)
Japanese Princess Ayako, front, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya, rear, arrive at Meiji Shrine for their wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)

The couple was shown on national news walking slowly before guests at the shrine Monday morning.

Japanese Princess Ayako, right, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya, left, arrive at Meiji Shrine for their wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)
Japanese Princess Ayako, right, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya, left, arrive at Meiji Shrine for their wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)

She wore a Heian-era style hairdo and a traditional robe splashed with red and green patterns while Moriya wore coattails.

Japanese Princess Ayako, right, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya, left in front, arrive at Meiji Shrine for their wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)
Japanese Princess Ayako, right, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya, left in front, arrive at Meiji Shrine for their wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)

Women who marry into the imperial family become members of the family, but those who marry commoners, like Ayako, must leave.

Japanese Princess Ayako, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, is seen through a car window

as she is on her way to her wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.  Princess Ayako and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya will marry on Monday. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)
Japanese Princess Ayako, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, is seen through a car window

as she is on her way to her wedding ceremony in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. Princess Ayako and Japanese businessman Kei Moriya will marry on Monday. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)

The eldest daughter of Emperor Akihito is set to marry a commoner in 2020.

Japanese Princess Ayako, center, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, leaves her residence for her wedding ceremony as her mother Princess Hisako sees her off in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)
Japanese Princess Ayako, center, the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado, dressed in traditional ceremonial gown, leaves her residence for her wedding ceremony as her mother Princess Hisako sees her off in Tokyo, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.(Kyodo News via AP)

Akihito has said he will abdicate. His eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1.

Source: The Associated Press

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