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Cambodia ends lavish funeral for ex-king Sihanouk

Cambodia on Thursday wrapped up a week-long funeral for its revered former King Norodom Sihanouk with a procession to return the cremated remains of the colourful ex-monarch to the royal palace. After chanting by 90 Buddhist monks, two diamond-studded gold urns and one marble urn containing the remains were transported atop a golden float shaped like a mythological bird from the crematorium to the palace. "This is to honour his majesty who is the greatest hero of Cambodia," Sihanouk's long-time personal assistant Prince Sisowath Thomico told AFP.

Ashes of Cambodia's revered ex-king lowered into river

Cambodians lined the banks of the Mekong River on Tuesday as the ashes of their revered former King Norodom Sihanouk were lowered into the murky water a day after his cremation in Phnom Penh. Several white sacks containing the ashes, including the pyre, were ferried on an ornate barge to the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers in Phnom Penh, where members of the royal family lowered them into the water.

Cambodia cremates beloved ex-king Sihanouk

Tens of thousands of mourners massed in the Cambodian capital Monday as the kingdom cremated its revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who steered his country through six turbulent decades. The cremation was part of a week-long funeral for the mercurial ex-monarch, which started with a lavish procession through the streets of Phnom Penh on Friday and will see his ashes returned to the palace on Thursday. Sihanouk died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89. His embalmed body had been lying in state since then at the royal palace.

Key dates during Sihanouk's lifetime

Former monarch Norodom Sihanouk, who died in October shortly before his 90th birthday, played a key role in Cambodia's history, which was marked by coups, wars, genocide and eventually peace. Here are the major events that shaped Cambodia during the lifetime of the revered late royal, whose body was cremated on Monday: 1922: -- October 31: Prince Norodom Sihanouk is born. 1941: -- April 25: Colonial power France installs the 18-year-old Sihanouk on the throne, believing he will be easily managed. 1953:

Cambodia cremates beloved ex-king Sihanouk

Thousands of mourners massed in the Cambodian capital Monday as the kingdom cremated its revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who steered his country through six turbulent decades. The cremation was part of a week-long funeral for the mercurial ex-monarch, which started with a lavish procession through the streets of Phnom Penh on Friday and will see his ashes returned to the palace on Thursday. Sihanouk died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89. His embalmed body had been lying in state since then at the royal palace.

UPDATE 1-Cambodians throng to revered ex-king Sihanouk's cremation

(Updates after cremation) By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Cambodians gathered on Monday to pay their last respects to former King Norodom Sihanouk, a quixotic and much-loved figure who reigned during the country's struggle for independence but was powerless to prevent decades of war.

Cambodians throng to revered ex-king Sihanouk's cremation

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Cambodians gathered on Monday to pay their last respects to former King Norodom Sihanouk, a quixotic and much-loved figure who reigned during the country's struggle for independence but was powerless to prevent decades of war.

Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia's mercurial ex-king

Cambodia's former king Norodom Sihanouk was a political chameleon deft at moving with the tides that battered the war-ravaged nation for decades while remaining hugely popular with his people. Sihanouk died of a heart attack in October in Beijing, aged 89. After lying in state for three months at the royal palace in Phnom Penh, he was to be cremated on Monday as part of a week of elaborate funeral ceremonies.

Cambodians mass for cremation of beloved ex-king

Thousands of Cambodians dressed in black and white gathered Monday ahead of the cremation of revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who steered the war-ravaged kingdom through six turbulent decades. The cremation is part of a week-long funeral for the mercurial ex-monarch, which started with a lavish procession through the streets of Phnom Penh on Friday and will see his ashes returned to the palace on Thursday.

Cambodians mass for cremation of beloved ex-king

Thousands of Cambodians dressed in black and white gathered Monday ahead of the cremation of revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who steered the war-ravaged kingdom through six turbulent decades. The cremation is part of a week-long funeral for the mercurial ex-monarch, which started with a lavish procession through the streets of Phnom Penh on Friday and will see his ashes returned to the palace on Thursday.
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