Princess of Japan Ayako abandoned the throne for the sake of a wedding with a commoner

Niece of the current emperor of Japan, Princess Ayako is soon going to marry an ordinary Japanese, not from a blue blood. Since this marriage violates the royal protocol, the girl is forced to give up the title and any privileges. The celebration will take place this fall, after which the girl will cease to be called a princess. Interestingly, this is not the first precedent in the imperial family. Ayako’s elder sister also married the commoner, the son of a clergyman, and lost the right to claim the throne… (read more)