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    Posted October 17, 2012 by
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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    The King Father Returns to Cambodia


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter Jim Heston, a US expat living in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, captured these poignant images of mourners lining the streets as the body of Cambodia's former King, Norodom Sihanouk, who died in Beijing on Monday aged 89, was brought to the city. "It seemed the whole city was captivated by the arrival and procession," he said. "People who had to work arrived in a white top and black dress or pants. Many wore a black ribbon. Many lit incense and prayed. The atmosphere was somber but curious as everyone came out with cameras, or cell phone cameras trying to get a shot of the procession." The king had abdicated in 2004 due to illness.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Today H.M. Norodom Sihanouk returned to Cambodia where he will be laid to rest. After a long bout with illness, The King Father passed away on the final evening of the Pchum Ben Holiday where the population of Cambodia pays respect to their deceased relatives. The route from the Airport was lined with people out to pay their respects. Many people came in from the provinces to the Royal Palace to await his arrival and mourn his departure.

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