Japanese princess departs for Bhutan on nine-day visit

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Tokyo, May 31 (IANS) The eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito of Japan, Princess Mako, left for Bhutan on Wednesday on a nine-day visit.

The 25-year-old princess, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, second son of the Emperor and second in line to the throne, is expected to arrive in Bhutan on Thursday after a brief stop in Singapore, reports Efe.

This is her third official overseas trip and comes just two weeks after the announcement of her engagement to a college friend, 25-year-old legal assistant Kei Komuro.

Mako will receive a welcome ceremony in capital Thimphu and will later meet Japanese volunteers in the country.

She is also expected to visit a flower exhibition in Thimpu and travel to the iconic Buddhist temple Taktshang in Paro valley.

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