Million mourners set to honour Cambodia's ex-King Sihanouk
PHNOM PENH (AFP) - More than one million mourners are expected to line the streets of the Cambodian capital on Friday for a lavish funeral procession for their revered former King Norodom Sihanouk, officials say.
The body of the late monarch, who died of a heart attack aged 89 in Beijing last October, will be transported atop a golden float shaped like a mythological bird from the royal palace to a funeral pyre in a city park.
"This is our last homage to say goodbye to the great hero king," Prime Minister Hun Sen said on national radio this week.
Sihanouk abdicated in 2004 after steering Cambodia through six decades marked by independence from France, civil war, the murderous Khmer Rouge regime and finally peace.