Thousands of People Flood to Pay Last Respects to Late King-Father

image001On the 2nd day of the Royal Funeral Ceremony, thousands of people from image003all walks of life flooded to pay their last respects to Late King-Father image007Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk at the cremation site at the open square of Veal Preah Merhu, in front of the National image003Museum, next to the Royal Palace.

They waited in a long line before they could enter one by one the cremation image004site at the northern gate to pay their last tribute to the Cambodian revered former King with sadness and tearfulness.

image001The King-Father’s Body will be kept at Veal Preah Merhu for another two days before being cremated on Feb. 4. During this period, people, both Cambodians and foreigners, are allowed to pay homage to the late King-Father without pre-registration.

image005Foreign leaders from 16 countries will attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony to be held on Monday. They are H.E. Mr. Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, French Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Vietnamese Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Thai Prime Minister H.E. Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, Lao Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Thongsing Thammavong, Vice President of the Philippines H.E. Mr. Jejomar C. Binay, His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino of Japan, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance H.E. Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Brunei Darussalam’s Minister of Development Honorable Pehin Dato Suyoi Haji Osman, Indonesia’s Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs H.E. Air Chief Marshall Djoko Suyanto, Myanmar’s Senior Union Minister of the President Office H.E. Mr. Tin Naing Thein, the Republic of Korea’s Presidential Chief of Staff H.E. Mr. Ha Kum-Loul, Australia’s Lieutenant General H.E. Mr. John Sanderson, India’s Minister of Human Resources Development H.E. Dr. M. Mangapati Pallam Raju, Malaysia’s Senator and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department H.E. Dr. Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, and Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Honorable Deepak Obhrai.

According to the schedule, on the 5th day of the Royal Funeral Ceremony, there will be the Royal Remains-Gathering Ceremony, while the 6th and 7th days will be for the procession of bringing Royal Remains to Chaktomuk River, in front of the Royal Palace, and to Preah Keo Morokat Pagoda, located in the Royal Palace’s compound.

King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk passed away on Oct. 15, 2012 at 01:20 am (local time in Phnom Penh) in Beijing, China at the age of 90 from natural causes.

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