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In Photos: Emperor Naruhito's road to the Imperial Throne

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New Crown Prince Naruhito, right, expresses his determination to shoulder his new role, in front of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after the Emperor proclaimed Naruhito the new Crown Prince, at the Rittaishi-no-Rei ceremony at the "Matsu no Ma" room in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, on Feb. 23, 1991. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency)

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