Japanese Emperor Naruhito officially proclaimed Tuesday his enthronement before roughly 2,000 guests, including dignitaries from about 190 countries and international organizations.

Here is a collection of photos from a solemn ceremony at the Imperial Palace and also from the streets of Tokyo and Osaka.

(Emperor Naruhito (L) delivers a speech from the Takamikura imperial throne in the "Matsu no Ma" state room of the Imperial Palace)

[Imperial Household Agency]

(Emperor Naruhito on the Takamikura imperial throne, with Empress Masako on the right on the Michodai throne)


(Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) leads "banzai" cheers)

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(Empress Masako walks in the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries prior to the proclamation of Emperor Naruhito's enthronement)

[Imperial Household Agency]

(Emperor Naruhito was wearing wearing the "Korozen no goho," traditional robe for emperors with a design dating back to the ninth century)

(Japanese Princess Kako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, at the "Matsu no Ma" state room)[Pool photo]

(Britain's Prince Charles and Denmark's Crown Princess Mary were among the dignitaries in attendance at the ceremony)

(As were Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema)

(People watch the ceremony on a screen in cold and wet weather in Tokyo)

(....and also in Osaka)

(People queue up to sign their names in registers to commemorate the emperor's enthronement at Ise Jingu shrine in Mie Prefecture, central Japan) 

(Emperor Naruhito heads for the Akasaka Imperial Residence after the ceremony)