Japanese Crown Princess Masako (L) shares a smile with Princess Mako (C) and Princess Sayako (R) while waiting for Emperor Akihito's arrival at the Tokyo International airport in Tokyo, 14 May 2005. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned from their eight-day tour of Norway and Ireland. AFP PHOTO/TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan depart the Nieuwe Kerk to return to the Royal Palace after the abdication of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and the Inauguration of King Willem Alexander of the Netherlands on April 30, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako are seen upon arrival at the Imperial Palace to attend the state dinner for King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on October 29, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. The Dutch King and Queen are on six-day tour in Japan. Princess Masako attends the state dinner for the first time in 11 years.
Princess Noriko, Princess Tsuguko, Princess Hisako of Takamado, Princess Hanako of Hitachi, Crown Princess Masako, Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Mako of Akishino, Prince Mikasa, Princess Mikasa and Princess Akiko of Mikasa greet well-wishers as part of celebrations for the New Year on the veranda of the Imperial Palace on January 2, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. In his address to the waiting members of the public, Emperor Akihito wished happiness for the nation and expressed his continuing concern for those still affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Crown Princess Masako, Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko Of Japan, Prince Fumihito, Princess Kiko of Akishino and Princess Mako of Akishino greet the public at the Imperial Palace on December 23, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Emperor Akihito of Japan turned 81 on December 23, 2014.
Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko wave to well-wishers upon arrival at Ujiyamada station on July 28, 2014 in Ise, Mie, Japan. The royal family will visit Ise Shrine, first time for Princess Aiko.