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Cambodians bid farewell to ex-king ahead of cremation

Thousands of Cambodians paid their last respects to their beloved former king Norodom Sihanouk as his body lay in state Saturday ahead of his cremation next week. The mourners were able to glimpse the late monarch's gilded casket through doorways to the purpose-built crematorium where it was carried Friday in a lavish procession that brought Phnom Penh to a standstill. His body will be kept at the crematorium until Monday when his wife and his son, current King Norodom Sihamoni, will start the cremation ceremony.

Huge crowds mourn Cambodia's beloved former king

A sea of mourners filled the streets of the Cambodian capital Friday for a lavish funeral for revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who towered over six tumultuous decades in his nation's history. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians, dressed in black and white, began massing before dawn to pay their respects to the mercurial monarch, who died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89.

Huge crowds mourn Cambodia's beloved former king

A sea of mourners filled the streets of the Cambodian capital Friday for a lavish funeral for revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who towered over six tumultuous decades in his nation's history. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians, dressed in black and white, began massing before dawn to pay their respects to the mercurial monarch, who died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89.

Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodia's enigmatic former king

Cambodia's mercurial former king Norodom Sihanouk, whose funeral began on Friday, was deft at moving with the political tides that battered the war-ravaged nation for decades. Sihanouk died of a heart attack in October in Beijing, aged 89. His embalmed body has been lying in state in Phnom Penh since then, and he is to be cremated on Monday after a weekend of lavish ceremonies.

Key dates in Cambodia's royal and political history

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 Sihanouk, whose elaborate funeral got underway on Friday: 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:

Cambodians mass in capital to mourn former king

Tens of thousands of Cambodians gathered Friday for the start of a lavish funeral for revered former king Norodom Sihanouk, who towered over six tumultuous decades in his nation's history. The body of the late monarch, who died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89, was carried out of the royal palace before a procession through the capital that more than a million people are expected to witness. Sihanouk's coffin will be paraded through Phnom Penh atop a golden float shaped like a mythological bird, to an ornate, custom-built crematorium in a city park.

One million prepare to mourn Cambodia's former king

The lavish funeral of Cambodia's revered former king Norodom Sihanouk will begin on Friday, with officials expecting more than a million mourners to throng Phnom Penh's streets. The body of the late monarch, who died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89, will be paraded through the city atop a golden float shaped like a mythological bird, from the Royal Palace to an ornate, custom-built crematorium in a city park.
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