Japan calls Prince William engagement a 'fairytale'
Japan on Wednesday congratulated Britain's Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton on their engagement, calling it a "fairytale" for the couple who plan to marry next year.
"It was truly wonderful and cheerful," the top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku, said at a press conference when asked about the news that the two plan to marry next year.
"As I have seen on TV, he is quite a handsome boy and she is beautiful," he said. "It's going to be like a fairytale."
On a more dour note, the 64-year-old added: "I'm too old to be really thrilled by this kind of thing, but I think it's great."
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, when they were crown prince and princess, were guests at the 1981 wedding of Prince Charles and the then Lady Diana Spencer, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997.
Their son William, who is second in line to the British throne, and Kate Middleton, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, have said they will marry in London next year. The couple met in 2001 at St Andrews University in Scotland.
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