Japan’s Princess Mako celebrated her 30th birthday on Saturday, her last birthday as a member of the royal family before marrying her boyfriend next week.
Her marriage to commoner Kei Komuro on Tuesday will mean she becomes a commoner according to laws that state that female members of the royal family cannot retain their royal status after marriage.
Photos of Mako walking the royal grounds with her younger sister were released by the Imperial Household Agency, but no comment was made by the princess to mark her birthday.
The three-year engagement between Princess Mako and Komuro was marked with scandal and controversy, which began when a newspaper reported that Komuro was embroiled in a money scandal.
The Imperial Household Agency said in a news conference held in early October that Princess Mako had developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the intense media scrutiny she was engaged in.
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