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Crown Prince Akihito and his bride Michiko, 10 April 1959
Posted by Marianne
on 4/10/2016, 2:00 am
Crown Prince Akihito of Japan married Michiko Shōda, daughter of an industrialist, on 10 April 1959. The marriage of a crown prince to a commoner was unprecedented; royal spouses had previously been found in families close to the imperial family.
Although the marriage was popular with the Japanese people, the new crown princess was not readily accepted by the court and reportedly had a difficult relationship with her mother-in-law, Empress Nagako.