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Princess Aiko to join summer school program in London

Kyodo

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, will study at Eton College on the outskirts of London from late July to early August, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

The 16-year-old princess, currently a second-year student at Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School in Tokyo, will join a three-week summer program at the private school — from which Prince William and Prince Harry graduated — to study English and British culture. It will be her first overseas stay on her own and she will live in dormitories with other students.

The princess has a strong interest in foreign countries, the sources said. Her parents have supported her decision, hoping their daughter can broaden her views. Both the Crown Prince and Crown Princess studied abroad, including at the University of Oxford in England.

Other Imperial family members have also attended British schools.

Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, studied at the University of Edinburgh, while her sister, Princess Kako, is currently studying at the University of Leeds.

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