Statement by the Grand Steward of the Imperial Household
1 December 2001
Imperial Household Agency
It is indeed joyous that at 2:43 pm today Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Masako gave birth to Her Imperial Highness the Princess at the Hospital of the Imperial Household and that both mother and child are healthy and doing well.
Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress, who have awaited this day while affectionately watching over Their Imperial Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess, must indeed by relieved and overjoyed.
Their Imperial Highnesses The Crown Prince and Crown Princess must also be elated with joy.
Moreover, my prayers are for the smooth recovery of Her Imperial Highness The Crown Princess and for the healthy growth of the Imperial Grandchild.
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