31 October 2018

Princess Ayako's Wedding Tiara

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Princess Ayako of Takamado became Ayako Moriya when she married Kei Moriya this week in Tokyo, but even after she was officially no longer a princess, she gave us one of the most innovative jewelry moments the imperial family has seen in some time.




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Princess Ayako wore traditional attire as she arrived for her wedding ceremony at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo on Monday...


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...and Ayako Moriya also wore traditional attire as she and her new husband took questions from journalists outside the shrine after their wedding.


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On Tuesday evening, the newlyweds were feted at a banquet in Tokyo that was also attended by Prime Minister Abe, Crown Prince Naruhito, and Crown Princess Masako.


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For the banquet, Ayako wore diamonds, including this striking diamond tiara.


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You may recognize the tiara: it's a converted diamond floral necklace worn by Ayako's mother, the Princess Takamado. Here, she wears the necklace with her diamond bandeau in Sweden in 2016.


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Here's a straight-on view of the converted tiara.


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Ayako paired the tiara with a coordinating diamond floral bracelet and diamond earrings.


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Crown Princess Masako chose pearl jewels with diamond accents for the occasion.


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The joy on the faces of the bride and groom (who are smiling here at the crown prince and crown princess) was totally evident. Congratulations to the Moriyas!