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Japanese Princess to graduate from University of Leicester

Princess Mako with university staff Photo: University of Leicester

A member of the Japanese Imperial Family will be at the University of Leicester today for her graduation ceremony.

Princess Mako of Akishino is one of the grandchildren of the reigning Emperor of Japan.

She attained a Master's degree in Art Museum and Gallery Studies after studying on campus for a year.

Princess Mako Credit: University of Leicester

The Princess began her course in Leicester in September 2014, living with other students in the University's Halls of Residence and studying at the School of Museum Studies.

She also completed a placement at Coventry Museums and collections-based research at New Walk Museum in Leicester.

Princess Mako Credit: University of Leicester

"We have a strong connection to the cultural profession in Japan with many students graduating from our School to take up posts in museums and galleries there and so it felt very natural that Mako should come and follow her interests with us. She has been a pleasure to teach, has worked incredibly hard and should be very proud of her achievements.''

– Head of the School of Museum Studies Suzanne MacLeod

She will join hundreds of students and their friends and families from around the world for the University of Leicester postgraduate degree ceremonies later today.