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After a three-year delay, Princess Mako finally married her university sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday.

A royal wedding usually involves celebration and pageantry, a ceremony steeped in tradition at an ancient and palatial building, and flag-waving in the streets by a public eager to see the newlywed couple.

But for Princess Mako, there was none of that. There was only the perfunctory stamping of documents, followed by a muted press conference.

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