In pictures: Japan's Naruhito ascends to the throne
Updated 11:58 AM ET, Wed May 1, 2019
Japan's new emperor, Naruhito, has formally ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne, replacing his father, Akihito, who had abdicated a day earlier.
Naruhito is the 126th Emperor of Japan, the latest in an unbroken line that stretches back 14 centuries.
During a special ritual in the Imperial Palace's Matsu-no-Ma state room, an almost exclusively male audience saw Naruhito, 59, take possession of royal regalia and seals that provide ceremonial proof of his ascension.