On an official visit to Spain, Prince and Princess Takamado pay a courtesy call on King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at La Zarzuela Palace.
(Photo: The Royal House of Spain)
Prince and Princess Takamado view the "Wonderful Planet" exhibition of photographs taken by Prince Takamado.
(Photo: The Yomiuri Shimbun)
His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado passed away on 21 November 2002. He was 47 years old.
In addition to their official duties together, the late Prince promoted international exchange through his work at the Japan Foundation and through his support of various kinds of foreign language speech contests. His Highness readily took on the role of honorary patron of organisations and events which would foster international goodwill. His Highness was active in his support of the various arts, particularly music and dance, and of various different sports. His Highness was also very much involved with environmental issues and education.
Over the years, Their Imperial Highnesses officially visited many countries in response to invitations from foreign governments. Most recently, Their Highnesses officially visited Egypt and Morocco in May 2000 and the Republic of Korea from May to June 2002. The latter was in order to attend the Opening Ceremony of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan and was an important step in the promotion of friendly bilateral relations between Japan and Korea.
Since the passing of His Imperial Highness the late Prince Takamado, Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado has carried on His Imperial Highness' wishes and has continued to make efforts to foster international goodwill.
In addition to her duties as an Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Red Cross and other positions that she already held, Her Imperial Highness accepted all of the Honorary Patron or Honorary President positions that were held by the late Prince in the hope that she would be able to continue carrying out his wishes. These include the Canada-Japan Society, the Japan Football Association and the Japan Lifeboat Institution.
In March 2004, Her Highness succeeded Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan as Honorary President of BirdLife International, a global alliance of non-governmental conservation organisations working in more than 120 countries. With the establishment of the International Kyudo Federation in May 2006, Her Highness agreed to become its Honorary Chairman. Her Highness is also the Honorary President of the Prince Takamado Memorial Foundation for Japan-Korea Exchange.
In June 2013, Her Imperial Highness was privileged to attend the wedding of Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden to Mr Christopher O'Neill in Stockholm, Sweden . Later on the same month, Her Highness travelled to Canada for the BirdLife World Congress, a meeting of the BirdLife International global partnership covering over 120 countries. In September 2013, Her Highness flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, to officially thank the members of the International Olympic Committee for their generous support of young athletes in the areas affected by the Great Northeastern Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
In June 2014, as Honorary Patron of the Japan Football Association, Her Imperial Highness visited the Federative Republic of Brazil to attend the 2014 FIFA World Cup and offer her support to the Japanese national team. In addition to watching the match in Natal, she met the governor of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, as well as the local nikkei community, to thank them for welcoming both the team and the many Japanese supporters. Her Imperial Highness then travelled to Colombia, where she paid a visit to the Colombian Football Federation and toured their facilities. En route back to Japan, Her Highness stopped in Paris, France, in order to attend the inauguration ceremony for the Kyudojo National de Noisiel.
Their Highnesses have three daughters.
H.I.H. Princess Tsuguko celebrated her coming-of-age in March 2006.
H.I.H. Princess Noriko celebrated her coming-of-age in July 2008.
In March 2010, Her Highness graduated from Gakushuin University. In October 2014, Her Imperial Highness was married to Mr. Kunimaro Senge. Her Highness attended ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace and official events elsewhere until her marriage.
H.I.H. Princess Ayako celebrated her coming-of-age in September 2010.
In March 2013, Her Highness graduated Josai International University and was accepted into the graduate school. Her Highness studies abroad at Camosun College, Canada.