Leicester congratulates Japanese Princess and alumna on her engagement

The University has publicly congratulated Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino upon the announcement of her engagement.

Princess Mako is a graduate of our School of Museum Studies, achieving her Master’s degree in Art Museum and Gallery Studies after a year in the department and studying on campus. She is the eldest daughter of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess of Akishino and the first-born granddaughter of Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

Formal announcement came from Japan's Imperial Household Agency on Sunday 3 September.

President & Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle said: “Leicester’s School of Museum Studies is world-renowned and is among the highest ranked research departments in the UK.  We were delighted that Princess Mako chose to study with us and are proud to count her among our alumni. In congratulating her upon her graduation, we wished her continuing success and are delighted to receive news of her engagement. We wish her every happiness for the future.”

Dr Sandra Dudley, Head of the School of Museum Studies, said: “Princess Mako was a student at the University of Leicester from September 2014 until September 2015. She studied for an MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies in the School of Museum Studies and formally graduated from the University in January 2016. Princess Mako was an asset to the School and we would like to congratulate her following news that she and her partner are announcing their engagement.”