after the event that will be the end of any glitter, according to Harpers & Queen of february 2005 in an article by colin joyce:
"Amid all the excitement, it was easy to forget that her marriage will also mark the end of her time as a royal; Princess Sayako will become plain Mrs. Kuroda. Unlike her brothers, she will not be entitled to rooms in one of the palaces, a host of servants and a stipend of some 240.000 ponds a year. Her children will be born commoners. She will have a generous one-off payment, but after that, she can expect to live in a small appartment on a civil servant's salary of some 35.000 ponds a year"
Originally Posted by Mandy
This is great news concerning Princess Sayako's November wedding. I do hope that it will be a really glittering event.
#1-2: JIJI press
#3: Media Corp news
#4-5: Associated Press
#6-8: Reuters-Yoshiki Kuroda, the Tokyo metropolitan government official who will marry Princess Sayako, the daughter of Japan's Emperor Akihito, leaves home for the Imperial Palace in Tokyo October 5, 2005.
#9: Emperor Akihito (L), Empress Michiko (C) and their daughter Princess Sayako stand to hear a message from Yoshiki Kuroda delivered through Imperial Household Agency Grand Steward Shingo Haketa during ''the Kokki no Gi (the Rite of Announcing the Date)'' at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Oct. 5. Photo was taken and provided by the Imperial Household Agency. (Kyodo) from newscom
#10: Kyodo news
Princess Sayako arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct 5, 2005. Princess Sayako, the only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, underwent one of the traditional rites Wednesday leading up to her marriage, with the Imperial Palace formally setting the date of her marriage to Tokyo metropolitan government employee Yoshiki Kuroda. The government announced in May that their wedding ceremony and reception will take place Nov. 15.
It would be great to see the Wedding of The Princess, she 's such an elegant Princess with a lovely traditional Japanese look.But it would be really sad that Princess Sayako will leave The Royal Family and become a common person, wish all the bests for her.
"God save our Gracious Queen,
Long live our Noble Queen,
God save The Queen"
God save Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Thanks mandyy for posting these wonderful pictures, Princess Sayako looks really great - happy and exuberant! Fascinating to get a little insight to all these traditional ceremonies that surrounds a wedding like this.
Wearing a long gray gown and black hat, Sayako on Thursday Oct. 6 made a ritual pilgrimage to the graves of her ancestors to report her upcoming marriage to them. Sayako bowed deeply in the rain before the graves of her grandfather, wartime emperor Hirohito, and his wife Nagako
#1: JIJI press
#2,7: Mainichi news
#3: NNN news
#4: ANN news
#5-6: Yomiuri News
Polfoto 26-10-2005 In this photo distributed by the Imperial Household Agency, Japanese Princess Sayako, left, talks with unidentified guest during a tea party held to celebrate her upcoming wedding at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko hosted the ceremony for their youngest child and only daughter Sayako 36, who plans to wed Tokyo city employee Yoshiki Kuroda on Nov. 15.
more photos of the tea party to celebrate the princess' marriage. Invited the persons concerned of Yamashina Institute for Ornithology, and the teachers of her alma mater (the Gakushuin school) to the Imperial house. They talked with the princess, the emperor and empress. Such a party is planned 3 times by the 15th of the next month.
In this photo distributed by the Imperial Household Agency, Japanese Princess Sayako, Emperor Akihito, and Empress Michiko greet guests during a tea party to celebrate the princess's upcoming wedding at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2005. Akihito and Michiko hosted the gathering for their youngest child and only daughter Sayako, 36, who plans to wed Tokyo city employee Yoshiki Kuroda on Nov. 15.
#3: TBS news
#4,7: NHK news
#5: Yomiuri news
#6: Mainichi news
#8-9: Kunaicho website
Yes? it's really sad that Princess Sayako no more a member of the Royal Family.
But for me she's still a '' Princess Norinomiya'' of Japan. She is always a daughter of ''The Emperor and Empress'' of Japan.
Nobody can deny that. That's why?
Next week i go to Japan and if possible try to make photo's at the front of the ''Imperial Palace Hotel''.