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Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary

This is Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary — just three weeks before they relinquish their throne.

The couple met in 1957 at a tennis championship remembered as the "love match".

The wedding was held in 1959 and made Akihito the first future emperor of Japan to marry a Catholic-educated commoner.

The 85-year-old emperor will abdicate the throne on April 30 after reigning for three decades. He will hand over to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, the next day.