Japanese Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, celebrated her coming of age at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo on Sunday, after turning 20 on Wednesday.
Aiko, ineligible to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne, restricted by law to men, bowed and smiled at the press while wearing a tiara and long white dress.
The princess wants to become an adult who can benefit others, she said in a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency on her birthday.
“I am immensely grateful to everyone who has been involved in my journey to this day,” said Aiko.
It was heartbreaking that many people around the world have died as a result of COVID-19, she said, expressing her hopes that everyone would live a peaceful and vibrant life as soon as possible.
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