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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko presented their son Hisahito at a shinto shrine in the grounds of the royal palace on Tuesday
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The two-month-old prince, who was dressed in traditional costume, looked the picture of health as he smiled in his mother's arms
Photo: © AFP

PROUD PARENTS PRESENT BABY PRINCE AT ROYAL SHRINE

15 NOVEMBER 2006

The world got its first real glimpse of the boy who may one day be emperor of Japan as little Prince Hisahito was presented at a royal shrine on Tuesday by his parents Princess Kiko and Prince Akishino.

The visit to the Shinto shrine in the grounds of Tokyo's Imperial Palace was part of a traditional ceremony for royal babies aimed at promoting healthy growth. Hisahito - who slept through his public debut when he was just nine days old - delighted onlookers as he smiled happily in the arms of his proud mother.

The couple - who also have two daughters, Mako and Kako - were clearly thrilled to be sharing their baby son with the assembled well-wishers. As the only son of his generation to be born into the Imperial family there is a strong possibility that Hisahito, now two-months old, will inherit the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Although the Emperor Akihito's elder son Prince Naruhito and his wife Masako have a four-year-old daughter, Princess Aiko, under present laws she may not inherit. This means Hisahito is third in line after his uncle and father.


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