BEIJING – The eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito of Japan, Princess Mako, left for Bhutan on Wednesday for 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.
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 the capital Thimphu, and will later meet with 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.