King-Father’s Body Arrives Home

The body of King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk arrived here this afternoon at 02:45pm on a special flight of Air China from Beijing, China.

His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen brought home King-Father’s body.

Chinese State Councilor H.E. Dai Bingguo also escorted the coffin to Cambodia.

Some 100,000 Cambodian people from all walks of life are lining up along road sides from Phnom Penh International Airport to the Royal Palace to receive King-Father’s body.

King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk passed away on Oct. 15 at 01:20 am in Beijing at the age of 90 from natural causes.

The Royal Government of Cambodia announced on Monday that the official mourning period for King-Father will take place from Oct. 17 to 23. National flags must be flying at 1/3 below the top of the mast across the country during the mourning period, while all entertainments are prohibited.

King-Father’s body will be kept at the Royal Palace for at least three months before being cremated. During this period, civil servants, citizens and foreign friends can pay their last respects to King-Father.

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