A BBC short spot recalling the wedding. Click on the icon in the left corner and it runs about 9 min or so, there is a short pause in the middle so don't be surprised. My neighbor is Japanese and she has told me how the Crown Princess suffered at the cruelty of her Empress mother-in-law. She said it was known the Nagano was horrible to Michiko.
: 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.
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