Happy Wedding Anniversary to Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, who got married on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on this day in 1993. The couple have one daughter, and will succeed to the Japanese Throne next year, after the abdication of his father. Take a look at scenes from their wedding below-
Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan and Masako Owada were married in a Shinto Ceremony at the Kashiko-dokoro, the Shinto shrine of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess and mythological ancestress of the Imperial Family, part of the Three Palace Sanctuaries on the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. While many members of the couple’s families were present, the groom’s parents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, were not among the 800 guests. However, they received the newlyweds in an imperial sitting room a few hundred yards from the shrine.
In the afternoon, Crown Prince Naruhito and the new Crown Princess Masako, in western attire, met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for the Choken-no-Gi (First Audience Ceremony) at the Imperial Palace. In the ancient ceremony, the Crown Prince Couple, the Emperor and the Empress were given chopsticks but no food and pantomimed the act of eating together.
Afterwards, the Crown Prince and new Crown Princess rode in a State car to their home in the Tōgū Palace in central Tokyo. Large crowds lined the 2.6-mile route.