Princess Mako of Japan has secretly completed her Master degree at the Universtiy of Leicester, it has been revealed.
Mako, 23, has just completed her studies in Art Museum and Gallery Studies in the East Midlands, much to everyone’s surprise. The Imperial House of Japan has only revealed the information as the Princess has completed the course in a press conference with the universtiy.
At the press conference, no questions were allowed to be directed to the Princess, although one bold reporter from Japan did ask Mako how she had found the past year.
“It was a wonderful experience,” she replied, bowing.
The elder daughter of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino, is the eldest grandchild of the ruling couple, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Her father is the second son of the Emperor and Empress, younger brother to the Crown Prince.
Part of the MA meant Mako had to complete an eight-week placement, which she spent at Coventry Museum and collections-based research polacement, taken at New Walk Museum in Leicester.
She completed her bachelors degree at International Christian University in Tokyo in 2014.
Professor Simon Knell praised Mako, saying: “She’s been like any other student. She’s very polite, very enthusiastic, very generous and she’s been a delight to teach.”
A statement released by the university from the head of the school of museum studies, said:
“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.”
The graduation ceremony will take place in January.