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Japan's Princess Sayako gives up title to marry commoner

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Japan's Princess Sayako gives up title to marry commoner

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Princess Sayako of Japan has married her fiance, becoming the first member of the royal family to give up her status in 45 years.

The wedding took place in Tokyo’s opulent Imperial Hotel, but it was an informal affair by the standards of the monarchy. The modest ceremony centered on the sipping of cups of rice wine. Around 120 guests attended the subsequent reception where they dined on a French-style menu. Sayako’s husband is Yoshiki Kuroda, an urban planner. She will trade the Imperial Palace for an ordinary Tokyo apartment, and swop official duties for housework and shopping.