Lavish procession marks enshrinement of Cambodian ex-king Sihanouk
Published on Jul 11, 2014 3:36 PM
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodians lined the streets of Phnom Penh on Friday as the remains of former king Norodom Sihanouk were transported through the capital atop a golden float shaped like a mythological bird for his enshrinement.
Thousands of people in mourning dress turned out to bid a final farewell to the revered ex-monarch, who died of a heart attack in Beijing in October 2012 aged 89.
After chanting by 90 Buddhist monks and a 101-gun salute, two diamond-studded gold urns and one marble urn containing the remains were borne through the capital in an elaborate procession. Members of the royal family, dressed in white, rode in a car shaped like a three-headed dragon.
In line with Sihanouk's wishes, the urns will be placed in a stupa in the Silver Pagoda inside the royal palace on Saturday alongside the remains of his favourite daughter Kantha Bopha who died aged three.
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