Japan’s Emperor Naruhito has formally proclaimed his ascension to the throne in an elaborate ceremony in Tokyo today.
The emperor officially began his reign in May after the abdication of his father, the then-Emperor Akihito.
But his ascension is only now being formalised in a series of traditional rituals.
The ceremony held in the presence of an ancient sword and jewel – sacred treasures that act as symbols of imperial power.
President Ram Nath Kovind, along with Hundreds of foreign dignitaries, including the UK’s Prince Charles, attended the enthronement ceremony of the Japanese emperor.