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The inspiring story of a royal who will step down for love

By Rediff Get Ahead Bureau
Last updated on: September 19, 2017 13:20 IST
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Princess Mako's love story will make you believe in the power of love. She is living proof that love conquers all :)

Princess Mako

Japan's Princess Mako looks on after cutting the ribbon in the official celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Japanese immigration in Paraguay.
Photograph: Jorge Adorno/Reuters

It is not everyday that you come across a story of a princess marrying a law firm employee.

Such endearing love stories are rare, yet they bring a smile on your face.

Take the case of Japan's Emperor Akihito's granddaughter, Princess Mako.

The 25-year-old recently got engaged to Kei Komuro, who works with a law firm. Yes! You heard it right :)

Princess Mako with Kei

Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro during a press conference to announce their engagement. 
Photograph: Shizuo Kambayashi/Reuters

The two had met five years ago at the International Christian University, where Kei won her heart.

'I was attracted by his bright smile like the sun,' she told

Back in 2013, Kei proposed to her at a dinner and they are all set to tie the knot next year.

Princess Mako

Princess Mako, left, and her sister Princess Kako at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Unlike most of the royals, Princess Mako had a job! She used to work as a researcher in a Tokyo museum and is now studying for a doctorate.  

She will lose her royal status after marrying Kei, because in Japan women are not allowed to succeed the throne. 

However, her parents Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko have expressed their delight for their daughter and support her decision.

Princess Mako

Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko wearing the traditional ceremonial attire accompanied by Princess Mako, left, and Princess Kako, right. 
Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

We ask you, dear reader do you have an endearing love story that you'd like to share with us.

Tell us how you met your special someone and fell in love.

Write in to us at (subject line: My Love Story).

You can also include a photograph of you and your partner and we'll publish the best entries right here on

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