Her Majesty the Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk has expressed her appreciation and her profound thanks to the Royal Government of Cambodia for the excellent organization of the Procession and Interment Ceremony of the late King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk’s Royal Ashes, from July 10 to 12, 2014.
“On behalf of the His Majesty the King, I have great honor to express my profound gratitude to Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo [Hun Sen] for the generous heart in arranging the three-day Procession and Interment Ceremony of the late King-Father’s Royal Ashes to have taken place suitable for his supreme honor and reputation as the Hero King of the Cambodian nation and people,” said Her Majesty the Queen-Mother in a message dated July 14 to the Cambodian premier.
Her Majesty the Queen-Mother also extended her profound thanks through Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo to the Cambodian top leaders, the members of the royal ceremony’s organizing committee, the public servants, the armed forces, the government’s ministries and departments as well as the Buddhist followers, and the general public for having cooperated in organizing and participated in the royal ceremony, therefore making it a magnificent ceremony.
The Procession and Interment Ceremony of the late King-Father Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk’s Royal Ashes was held successfully. On the first day, the late King-Father’s Royal Urns were invited from the Preah Tinaing Moha Munty to rest on the Throne in front of the Royal Parasol. The ceremony was accompanied by Buddhist and religious rites, including blessings and preaching by Buddhist monks inside and in front of the Royal Palace.
On the second day, the Royal Urns were marched from Prasat Tevea Vinichay, Royal Palace, through Phnom Penh’s main boulevards and streets to the Silver Pagoda located in the compound of the Royal Palace. Over 4,000 people took part in the parade, accompanied by the firing of 101-gun salvos.
On the last day, the Royal Ashes were enshrined in Kantha Bopha Royal Stupa in the Silver Pagoda following the traditional and religious rites. The ceremony was marked by the firing of 101-gun salvos. From 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, the general public were allowed to pay their tributes to the late King-Father at the Silver Pagoda.
The royal ceremony was presided over by His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni and Her Majesty the Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, with National Assembly President Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, and Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, as well as many other senior officials, foreign diplomats and royal family members in attendance.