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The Best Photos from Emperor Naruhito's Enthronement Ceremony in Japan's Imperial Palace

Naruhito proclaimed his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, and royals from around the world have come to celebrate.
IMAGE KAZUHIRO NOGI / GETTY IMAGES
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On October 22, Japan's first enthronement ceremony in three decades took place. Representatives from nearly 200 countries, including members of many royal families, flew in to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

The event comes after the 85-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicated the throne this past April, ending his 30-year reign. Akihito was the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in 200 years, making way for the then-Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako to accede.

Here, all the photos from the historic ceremony.

Inside the ceremonial hall

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako during the ceremony in which the emperor officially proclaims his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

Crown Prince Akishino attends the ceremony

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako

Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI / GETTY IMAGES.

Foreign dignitaries and government representatives watch the ceremony

Photo by AKIO KON / GETTY IMAGES.

Japan's Emperor Naruhito speaks. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands before him

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

The ceremony at the Imperial Palace is called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi.

Japan's Empress Masako during the ceremony

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Princess Mako, the Emperor's daughter and only child, attends the enthronement ceremony

Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI / GETTY IMAGES.

Japan's Empress Masako leaves at the end of the enthronement ceremony

Photo by KAZUHIRO NOGI / GETTY IMAGES.

Japanese dignitaries and government representatives raise their arms as they give a banzai cheer during the enthronement ceremony

Photo by AKIO KON / GETTY IMAGES.

Banzai translates to '10,000 years of life,' and 'long live the Emperor.'

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark attend the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito

Photo by CHRIS JACKSON / GETTY IMAGES.

Britain's Prince Charles and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark attend the enthronement ceremony

Photo by STR / GETTY IMAGES.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, and the Emir of Qatar

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

At the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia

Photo by CHRIS JACKSON / GETTY IMAGES.

Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf (far left) and his daughter Crown Princess Victoria (center)

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

We will update with the identity of the guest on the far right when we are able to confirm it.

To the left of King Carl Gustaf sat Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Attendants chant "Banzai" during the enthronement ceremony

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito leaves the ceremony hall after proclaiming his enthronement at the Imperial Palace.

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Emperor Naruhito's brother Crown Prince Akishino

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Akishino, in orange, leaves the ceremony hall with Crown Princess Akishino (rear) after his brother proclaimed his enthronement at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Because Naruhito's daughter, his only child, cannot inherit the throne, Akishino is the heir to the throne, followed by his 13-year-old son Hisahito.

Empress Masako

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

Royals arrive to attend the Enthronement Ceremony of Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah of Malaysia arrive

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

President Khaltmaagiin Battulga of Mongolia

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao represented the United States

Photo by ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY IMAGES.

People gathered outside the Palace in Tokyo to watch a live broadcast of the ceremony

Photo by TOMOHIRO OHSUMI / GETTY IMAGES.

President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, and his wife Desislava Radeva

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, and his wife Rula Ghani

Photo by CARL COURT / GETTY IMAGES.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako travel to the banquet

Photo by STR / GETTY IMAGES.

Following the ceremony at Akasaka Palace, the Emperor, Empress, and their guests attended a court banquet at the Imperial Palace.

King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain arrive at the banquet

Photo by STR / GETTY IMAGES.

Like many other royals, Letizia put on a stunning tiara for the reception.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands

Photo by STR / GETTY IMAGES.

Prince Charles arrives at the banquet

Photo by PIERRE EMMANUEL DELETREE / GETTY IMAGES.

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and his wife Fazna Ahmed

Photo by DAVID MAREUIL / GETTY IMAGES.

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

The Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, and his wife, Naraporn Chan-ocha

Photo by ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY IMAGES.

Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Photo by ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY IMAGES.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan

Photo by POOL / GETTY IMAGES.

Guests take their seats.

Photo by STR / GETTY IMAGES.

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, inside the court banquet

Photo by STR / GETTY IMAGES.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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