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Cambodians throng to revered king's cremation

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Cambodian royal family members travel on a royal boat as they drop ashes of former king Norodom Sihanouk in the Mekong river in Phnom Penh on Feb. 5, 2013 following his cremation on Feb. 4.

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The ashes of Cambodia's former king were scattered in the Mekong river on Tuesday, bringing to a close months of mourning for the revered monarch who died on October 15 last year. Reuters reports:

Tens of thousands of Cambodians gathered on Monday to pay their last respects to former King Norodom Sihanouk, a quixotic and much-loved figure who reigned during the country's struggle for independence but was powerless to prevent decades of war.

The current King Norodom Sihamoni and Sihanouk's widow, Queen Monineath, wept during the cremation as Cambodians poured into the capital to mourn the "king father," as Sihanouk is known.

"This is the most sorrowful moment," said Pal Ho, 58, a villager from the western province of Pursat, who carried with her six pictures of Sihanouk. Read the full story.

See more images from the past four months of mourning for King Sihanouk.

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Fireworks are lit at the crematorium to mark the beginning of the cremation of Norodom Sihanouk, near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Febr. 4, 2013.

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Mourners cry and pray as the late king is cremated, in Phnom Penh on Feb. 4, 2013.

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Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni (2nd right) and Queen Monique (3rd right) pay their last respects inside the crematorium minutes before the late king's cremation on Feb. 4, 2013.

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A young boy walks past a puddle with a reflection of a portrait of King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on Feb. 4, 2013.