King-Father’s Urns Brought to the Royal Palace

image008Royal family members, high-ranking officials and people gathered this image013morning in a procession of bringing the three Royal Urns of the late image014King-Father to the Royal Palace under the presidency of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni image012and Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.

Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly; Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister; and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Royal Palace H.E. Kong Sam Ol were also present at the ceremony.

The Royal Urns were brought from the cremation site at the open square of Veal Preah Merhu in front of the National Museum, next to the Royal Palace, on the golden swan-shape float that carried the King-Father’s Body from Phnom Penh International Airport to the Royal Palace, two days after the King-Father passed away.

Today (Feb. 7) is the last day of the week-long Royal Funeral Ceremony for Cambodia’s most revered former King, Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk.

The King-Father’s Body was cremated on Feb. 4 at 6:30 pm with sadness and tearfulness of the Cambodian people after being kept for more than three months at the Royal Palace. The following day, the Royal Ashes were scattered at the Chaktomuk River (Four Arms of the Mekong), while the Royal Bones were put in three Royal Urns.

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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