Cambodian King’s Body Returns Home

    Cambodian people watch as workers install a portrait of the late former king Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on October 16, 2012.  Grieving Cambodians wore black ribbons and flags flew at half-mast on October 16 as the nation mourned the death of revered ex-king Norodom Sihanouk and prepared for the return of his body from China. AFP PHOTO/TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tang Chhin Sothy, AFP / Getty Images

    The week of mourning for Cambodian King Norodom began on Wednesday as the monarch’s body was returned to Phnom Penh. The 89-year-old Norodom Sihanouk died Monday in Beijing, and as many as 100,000 are expected to line the coffin’s route from the airport to the royal palace. Sihanouk became king in 1941 while still a teenager, and led Cambodia to independence from France in 1953 and remained in power despite years of political and social turmoil in his country and his ill-fated decision to back the violent Khmer Rouge in its early years. Sihanouk’s body will remain at the palace for three months for people to pay their respects before his funeral and cremation.

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