The granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, Princess Kako, will attend the University of Leeds until June 2018 as part of an exchange program.
Princess Kako flew out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport today, according to the Asahi Shimbun online newspaper.
Kako, 22, will study history, theory and other subjects in theatrical art at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries until June 2018.
The granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and second daughter of Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko left her home in Tokyo’s Moto-Akasaka district in a car at around 10:20 a.m., and arrived at the airport at around 11 a.m.
Reporters wished Kako a good journey, and she responded by bowing and smiling repeatedly before progressing to the boarding gate.
She is currently a junior at the International Christian University in the western outskirts of Tokyo, and is taking the course in Leeds as part of the University’s exchange program.
Kako is expected to stay in student accommodation run by the University of Leeds.