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The Crown Princess and her 7-day-old daughter, Princess Aiko, were discharged from the hospital Saturday and returned to the Crown Prince’s Palace in central Tokyo, cheered along their route by some 3,500 well-wishers.

The Crown Princess, clad in a white suit, left the Imperial Household Agency Hospital via an exit set aside for Imperial family members, holding the newborn princess dressed in white swaddling clothes decorated with frills. The Crown Prince accompanied his wife and the child, who was asleep.

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