Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who completed his coronation rituals in December, generated many headlines in 2019. In May, the king married the deputy chief of his personal guard, and in October, he stripped his consort of her royal and military titles. Both of these stories were among our most popular this year.
The ongoing unrest in Hong Kong also attracted much reader attention. And a story about Japan's hidden diamonds surprised many. Here is the list of our most read stories of 2019.