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Good bye My King

Mourners arrive early morning to pay their final respects to former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The day starts under tight security.
Officials waiting for the beginning of the funeral.
Officials lining up and waiting for the beginning of the funeral procession.
The coffin and the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk come out the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh.
The gilded chariot carrying the body of former King Norodom Sihanouk is paraded around the streets.
Crowds gathered in the streets.
A man offers prayers to Cambodia’s former King.
Thousands of people pay their last respects.
Thousands of people pay their last respects for the late King Sihanouk
Women cry during the funeral procession of Cambodia’s late King Norodom Sihanouk
Women offer prayers to Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh
A young woman cries during the funeral procession of Cambodia’s late King Norodom Sihanouk
Thousands of people pay their last respects for the late King Sihanouk
The entrance of the Veal Meas where the cremation will take place
Mourning ribbons of former King Norodom Sihanouk
Sunset on the Veal Meas where the cremation will take place
Thousands of people and monks travel from diffrent Provinces to pay their last respects for the late King Sihanouk
Women offer prayers to Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk before the cremation ceremony
Women offer prayers to Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk before the cremation ceremony
People offer prayers to Cambodia’s former King Norodom Sihanouk before the cremation ceremony
Fireworks explode in front of the Royal Palace.
Smoke rises from the cremation site of the late Cambodian king near the Royal Palace.
Smoke rises from the crematorium near the Royal Palace.
A woman cries during the cremation ceremony.
Smoke comes out the chimney of the crematorium.

A last goodbye

Good bye My King

Funerals of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk

On 1 February 2013, Cambodians from across the country came to Phnom Penh to pay their last respects to King Sihanouk who died on 15 October 2012, of a heart attack in Beijing at the age of 89. Hundreds of thousands of mourners gathered in Cambodia’s capital for the cremation of King Norodom Sihanouk, the revered “King-Father” who survived wars and the Khmer Rouge regime.

A coffin carrying the embalmed body of the late monarch was paraded through the streets of the capital. It was taken to the royal crematorium where his body was cremated on 4 February.

Norodom Sihanouk

  • Born 31 October 1922
  • First crowned king in 1941
  • Led Cambodia to independence from France – Independance day 9 November 1953
  • On 18 March 1970 the National Assembly voted to depose Sihanouk allowing Lon Nol to assume power
  • Aligned with Khmer Rouge in its early years, but held under house arrest while regime was in power
  • Spent long periods in exile in China
  • 24 September 1993, Reinstated as King of Cambodia and Worked in 1990s to bring stability and peace to Cambodia
  • Abdicated again on 6 July 2004 in favor of his son
  • Passed away 15 October 2012

 

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