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Not all monarchs have lost power. Here are a few countries where royals really rule

This month ushers in an era of new beginnings for royal families in Japan and Thailand.

For the first time in nearly 70 years, Thailand is crowning a new king. Maha Vajiralongkorn took the throne when his father died 2 1/2 years ago. On Saturday he was officially installed as king as part of a three-day ceremony drawing on Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

In Japan, Crown Prince Naruhito became the country's 126th emperor on Tuesday, after his 85-year-old father, Emperor Akihito, stepped down.

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