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Princess Mako formally tied the knot with her college sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday, relinquishing her royal status and bringing closure to a four-year engagement saga marred by scandal and public backlash.

In a much-anticipated, nationally televised news conference Tuesday afternoon, the 30-year-old newlyweds made a joint appearance at a Tokyo hotel to announce their marriage. Having officially registered the nuptials with a municipality earlier that day, Mako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, became Mako Komuro, leaving the imperial family to reportedly start her new life with him in New York.

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