Princess Mako’s wedding ceremony to be held on Nov. 4, 2018

Kyodo

The Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday the wedding ceremony of Princess Mako, eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro, her classmate from university, will be held Nov. 4 next year.

The ceremony will take place at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, with the Emperor and Empress Michiko expected to attend, according to agency sources. The 83-year-old Emperor is likely to abdicate in the spring of 2019.

Before the wedding, the couple — both 26 — will be formally engaged through a traditional rite of betrothal called Nosai no Gi, which will be held on March 4 next year, a Sunday, in light of Komuro’s work as a paralegal at a law firm, Imperial Household Agency sources said.

The agency formally announced the planned engagement of the couple in September, confirming earlier news reports.

Princess Mako will renounce her status as a member of the Imperial family after marrying the commoner, in accordance with the Imperial House Law.