Photo/IllutrationA messenger places a list of betrothal gifts as Princess Ayako, forefront, and her mother, Princess Hisako, attend a formal royal engagement ceremony at their residence in Tokyo on Aug. 12. On the wall behind Ayako is the portrait of her father, Prince Takamado. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)

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Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya’s engagement is official following a formal royal engagement ceremony at her residence in Tokyo on Aug. 12.

“I am happy to conclude the 'Nosai no Gi' (engagement ceremony) smoothly,” Ayako, 27, said in a statement through the Imperial Household Agency.

The princess is the third daughter of the late Prince Takamado and his widow, Hisako. Takamado and Emperor Akihito are cousins.

Moriya, 32, is an employee of Nippon Yusen KK, a shipping and logistics company.

A relative of Moriya serving as a messenger for the traditional rite visited the Takamado residence in the capital’s Motoakasaka district around 10 a.m.

Ayako, who was in a pale blue dress, and her mother waited for the messenger in their guest room where a large portrait of Takamado adorned the wall.

The betrothal gifts included refined sake and fabric for a dress. The messenger also presented her a list of gifts.

After the rite, the princess and her mother visited the Imperial Palace to inform the emperor and Empress Michiko about her engagement.

Her fiance and his father, Osamu, are scheduled to meet with the imperial couple later that day.

Ayako and Moriya are scheduled to have their wedding ceremony at Meiji Shrine on Oct. 29.

Their informal engagement was announced July 2.

The two were introduced to each other late last year by Princess Hisako, who had been friendly with Moriya’s late mother, Kimie.