Japan's Princess Mako reappears for first time since postponing her royal wedding

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Princess Mako of Japan, who earlier this week announced that she was postponing her 2018 wedding until at least 2020 because of "immaturity", reappeared for the first time at a public engagement since the bombshell announcement. Emperor Akihito’s 26-year-old granddaughter, who will need to give up her royal status once she marries commoner Kei Komuro, looked happy and demure in a powder pink skirt suit and pearls at as she attended a a calligraphy exhibition in Tokyo on Friday.

The Princess's nuptials were set to be one of three royal weddings planned for this year, along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May ceremony, and Princess Eugenie's October wedding as she marries Jack Brooksbank. "It is because of our immaturity and we just regret it," the couple explained in a statement (via CNN) on February 6. “I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely and give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage.” Mako noted that she and Kei “rushed various things”. She said, "We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble and further burden to those who have willingly supported us.”

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Princess Mako, who delayed her 2018 wedding earlier this week, explaining, "We just regret it", appeared at her first royal engagement since the announcement, attending a calligraphy exhibition in Tokyo Photo: Getty Images

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Last year it was revealed that Princess Mako would be giving up her royal status for love. Japan's centuries-old law requires a Princess to leave the imperial family if she marries a commoner. Mako and her fiancé, who once starred as the “Prince of the Sea” in a beach tourism campaign for the city of Fujisawa, met five years ago at a study-abroad event held at a restaurant in Tokyo’s Shibuya district when they were both students at the International Christian University.

The 26-year-old Princess looked happy and relaxed as she chatted with calligrapher Hakuyo Kaneoka Photo: Getty Images

The couple’s nuptials would follow Emperor Akihito’s abdication on April 30, 2019. Japan's ruler first hinted he planned to step down from the Chyrsanthemum Throne in a 2016 interview. In December last year the decision was made official, which means Akihito will be the first Japanese Emperor to abdicate in about 200 years.

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