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Princess Kako of Japan, 24, dons a traditional kimono as she meets the Austrian president

Japan's Princess Kako of Akishino met Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen today on her first official overseas trip.

Kako, 24, the niece of the Japanese Emperor, donned traditional dress as she met with Austria's leader to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Looking care free on her visit, she laughed and joked with Austrian politicians while sporting a traditional Japanese kimono in pink, orange and yellow shades.

Japan 's Princess Kako of Akishino met Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen today on her first official overseas trip

Kako, 24, the niece of the Japanese Emperor donned traditional dress as she met with Austria's leader to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries

The royal wore he sleek hair slicked back into a pleated bun, with her fringe in a gentle curl framing her face.

She opted for a natural make-up look, and clutched a peach bag as she swanned the halls of the President's residence in heeled sandals and white socks.

The princess is the second daughter of  Crown Prince Fumihito, the emperor's younger brother and the the heir presumptive to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

She arrived in Germany on Sunday night before travelling to Austria for her meeting today.

Looking care free on her visit, she laughed and joked with Austrian politicians while sporting a traditional Japanese kimono in pink, orange and yellow shades

The royal wore he sleek hair slicked back into a pleated bun, with her fringe in a gentle curl framing her face

Kako has also visited Palais Augarten and went to a concert by the Vienna Boys' Choir on the trip. 

Tomorrow, she will attend a commemorative reception in Austria before travelling to  Budapest, where she will meet President Janos Ader and his wife.

It follows on from her parents' trips to Austria and Hungary in 2009. 

Kako looked engaged as she listened to the Austrian leader, who was dressed in a navy suit.

The princess is the second daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito, the emperor's younger brother and the the heir presumptive to the Chrysanthemum Throne

Who is Princess Kako of Japan? 

Princess Kako, 24, is a grandchild of Japan's former Emperor Akihito and the younger daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko.

Her father and younger brother Prince Hisahito, 12, became the first and second in line to the throne, respectively, when the Emperor, 85, abdicated in April.

Her uncle Emperor Naruhito now sits on the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Princess Kako's full title is Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino, and she's declared her wish to support her uncle rather than continuing her education or taking up a career.

When her uncle became Emperor, her father Prince Akishino became Crown Prince, and her brother became second in line to the throne even though he is younger. 

The royal family will not consider the idea of an Empress being the sole ruler. 

But it wasn't all serious and the young princess couldn't help but smile as she walked the grand halls of the Presidential residence in Vienna.

In spring, Princess Kako announced she was to take on royal duties full time after she graduated from the International Christian University in Tokyo  with a degree in psychology. 

During her studies, she spent nine months at Leeds University. 

Last summer, Kako appeared for a press call at Leeds University to mark the end of her year as an exchange student in the UK.

Tomorrow, she will attend a commemorative reception in Austria before travelling to Budapest, where she will meet President Janos Ader and his wife

She studied performing arts and psychology during her nine months in the West Yorkshire city.

But she did not answer questions about her time in Leeds – leaving reporters to wonder whether she had squeezed in a trip to watch football at Elland Road, sampled cricket at the nearby Headingley ground or had even heard of the famous students’ bar crawl known as the Otley Run.

Instead the princess chatted with university vice-chancellor Sir Alan Langlands and Professor Alice O’Grady, Head of School of performance and cultural industries. 

Kako looked engaged as she listened to the Austrian leader, who was dressed in a navy suit

Kako enrolled at the university in September 2017 as part of its study abroad programme, before returning to finish her undergraduate degree at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

The princess, who is said to have a keen interest in the arts, completed modules in the school of performance and cultural industries, including performance design and stage management, during her time at Leeds.

These modules were complimented by elements of social psychology.

In spring, Princess Kako announced she was to take on royal duties full time after she graduated from the International Christian University in Tokyo with a degree in psychology

The princess, who is said to have a keen interest in the arts, completed modules in the school of performance and cultural industries, including performance design and stage management, during her time at Leeds

Japan's 'commoner' princess 

Kako's older sister, Princess Mako, announced her intention in 2017 to give up her royal status to marry a beach tourism worker she met in a restaurant.

Princess Mako, 27, the granddaughter of Japan's emperor, is engaged to Kei Komuro who can ski, play the violin and cook, and describes himself as a 'legal assistant'.

The man who won the princess' heart, was a fellow student at International Christian University in Tokyo, where Mako also graduated.

Once they say 'I do', she will lose her status - despite being Emperor Akihito's granddaughter - as Japanese tradition dictates, and become a commoner.

Princess Kako (right) with her older sister Mako in Tokyo in February. Mako is engaged to 'commoner' Kei Komuro but the couple recently 'postponed' their engagement

The young couple met at a restaurant in Tokyo's Shibuya about five years ago at a party to talk about studying abroad, and have been seeing more of each other in recent months.

Komuro has worked as 'Prince of the Sea' to promote tourism to the beaches of Shonan in Kanagawa prefecture, a report on public broadcaster NHK said.

Women cannot succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne in Japan.

Mako's father and her younger brother are in line to succeed Emperor Akihito, but after her uncle Crown Prince Naruhito, who is first in line.

Once she marries, Mako will no longer be a princess and will become a commoner.

However, the betrothed couple recently announced they would be 'postponing' their nuptials amid reports of a financial dispute involving Kei Komuro's family. 

Speaking about the matter last week, Mako's sister Kako said: 'I would like my sister’s wishes to be met, as I believe the important detail is how they feel about each other.'

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