Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado and her family

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Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado
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)
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Takamado
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 recent years, from the end of June to the beginning of July 2009 Her Imperial Highness travelled to the Principality of Monaco, where she paid a courtesy call on His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. Her Imperial Highness then travelled on to the French Republic, the Arab Republic of Egypt and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In Egypt Her Imperial Highness attended a ground-breaking ceremony for the installation of a monument to His Imperial Highness the late Prince Takamado at the site of the H.I.H. Prince Takamado Visitors' Center. In the United Kingdom Her Imperial Highness took part in some of the celebrations commemorating the 800th anniversary of the establishment of the University of Cambridge.

In June 2010, as Honorary Patron of the Japan Football Association, Her Imperial Highness visited the Republic of South Africa to attend the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, where she offered her support to the Japan national team and watched the football matches. Also in June 2010, Her Imperial Highness paid an official visit to the Republic of Finland, at the invitation of Her Excellency Ms. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland.

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.

Their Highnesses have three daughters.

H.I.H. Princess Tsuguko celebrated her coming-of-age in March 2006.
After studying at the University of Edinburgh, Her Highness returned to Japan in 2008. In March 2013, Her Highness graduated from the School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University.
Her Highness is presently working at the Japan Committee for UNICEF, but attends ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace and other official events. In August 2013, Her Highness visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Japan and Sri Lanka celebrated 60th years of diplomatic relations in 2012. Her Highness was warmly welcomed by not only His Excellency, but by Madame Shiranthi Rajapaksa, First Lady of Sri Lanka.

H.I.H. Princess Noriko celebrated her coming-of-age in July 2008.

In March 2010, Her Highness graduated from Gakushuin University. Her Highness assists her mother on a daily basis and attends ceremonies and functions at the Imperial Palace, as well as other official events elsewhere.

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.