(CNN) — Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, who was monarch for more than 60 years until his abdication in 2004, died early Monday in Beijing at the age of 89, state news reported.
Sihanouk died of natural causes after having been treated by Chinese doctors for years for various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Nhik Bun Chhay.
Below are three photos from yesterday’s procession when the King’s body returned to the Kingdom.
The Government announced they expected more than 100.000 people to crowd the streets, I think it was way more than that considering it looked like this all the way from the airport to the royal palace, over 10k.
After several hours waiting the procession arrived, one of the first among more than 100 vehicles was the King Father’s coffin.
Around Phnom Penh big photos of the King Father has been put up for people to pray and pay their respect. After seven days of national mourning and up to three months in the royal palace for people to say their good byes an elaborate funeral will take place in Phnom Penh.