Japanese royals commemorate Prince Takamado

takamadoBy LGOntario from Ontario, Canada - Her Honour and Her Imperial Highness, CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Today marks 20 years since Norihito, Prince Takamado passed away suddenly. He was a first cousin of the Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

His widow, Hisako, Princess Takamado, gave an interview in response to a donation of items from the Prince to a museum.

She shared, “Time has flown by quickly. I don’t think I’ve changed much, but our third daughter Ayako, who was then in sixth grade of primary school, is now a mother of two. I feel the passing of the time through my children.”

Prince and Princess Takamado have three daughters together, of whom only the eldest is still a member of the imperial family. The youngest two have married outside the family and have lost their titles. The Prince died suddenly of heart failure on 21 November 2002. He was only 47 years old.

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