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Japanese Princess Celebrates Coming of Age | World News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Princess Aiko, the one little one of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, on Sunday celebrated her coming of age on the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo after turning 20 on Wednesday.

Aiko, who isn’t eligible to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne, restricted by regulation to males, bowed and smiled to the press carrying a tiara and a protracted white costume.

The princess desires to grow to be an grownup who could be of service to others, she mentioned in an announcement launched by the Imperial Household Agency on her birthday.

“I’m deeply grateful to all who’ve been concerned in my journey to today,” Aiko mentioned.

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It was heartbreaking that many individuals all over the world have died because of COVID-19, she mentioned, expressing hope that “a peaceable and vibrant life” would come to everybody as quickly as potential.

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(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by William Mallard)

Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters.

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