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Cambodians flock to palace to pay tribute to former king Sihanouk

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A elderly woman mourns the death of former king Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Oct. 18.

Cambodians gathered to pray at the Royal Palace on Thursday, the day after the body of their former king Norodom Sihanouk was returned to the palace. It will lie in state for the next three months before a traditional cremation ceremony is held. The former king, a revered figure who ruled through the triumph of independence to the tragedy of Cambodia's brutal civil war, died of a heart attack in Beijing on Monday at the age of 89. 

Wong Maye-e / AP

Candles are reflected on a portrait of Cambodia's former king Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace on Oct. 18.

Wong Maye-e / AP

A man mourns former king Norodom Sihanouk at the Royal Palace.

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A young woman holds incense sticks while praying.

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A portrait of former king Norodom Sihanouk hangs at the entrance to the Royal Palace.

Earlier on PhotoBlog:
Cambodia mourns as ex-king's body comes home