TOKYO, Dec. 5 (Reuters) – Japanese Princess Aiko, the only daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, celebrated her majority at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo on Sunday after turning 20 on Wednesday.
Aiko, who is not eligible to ascend the chrysanthemum throne, limited by law to men, bowed and smiled at the press wearing a tiara and a long white robe.
The princess wants to become an adult who can be of service to others, she said in a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency on her birthday.
“I am deeply grateful to everyone who has been involved in my journey so far,” said Aiko.
It was heartbreaking that many people around the world had died from COVID-19, she said, expressing hope that a “peaceful and vibrant life” would come to everyone as soon as possible.
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Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by William Mallard
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