Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko listen to a performance by the Imperial Guard music band at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on April 10, 2009.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary today, April 10, 2009 in Tokyo.

In a press conference earlier this week, Emperor Akihito expressed his appreciation of his wife for her understanding of his position and royal duties, and her devotion to their family.

‘‘She has truly made great efforts which she has continued to make right up to this very day. She has truly made great efforts over these fifty years,’’ he told reporters.

The royals were also asked about the marriage proposal that happened 50 years ago. The emperor described having discussed it with the empress many times before she said yes. The empress said that she could no longer remember the ‘exact words’.

The Japanese media has praised the royals for leading the world’s oldest monarchy and the country to meet the challenges of modern times.

via: Japan Today; Image: Newscom