King Father Norodom Sihanouk returns home

Phnom Penh residents dressed in white (the Cambodian color of mourning) gather at the Royal Palace on Wednesday to grieve and see the body of their King Father, Norodom Sihanouk, return from Beijing.  Here are some photographs from the crowd.

A young boy waits for hours to see King Father Norodom Sihanouk's casket return to Phnom Penh.

A young boy waits for hours to see King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s casket return to Phnom Penh.

A Cambodian woman carrying a photo of Norodom Sihanouk

Many in the crowd carried framed photographs of the King Father and others wore homemade Norodom Sihanouk shirts.

A young Cambodian girl holds a framed photograph of Norodom Sihanouk.

After the casket was transported into the palace, a young Cambodian girl holds a framed photograph of King Father Norodom Sihanouk outside.

A row of flags, candles and joss sticks to commemorate King Father Norodom Sihanouk

An impromptu memorial as Cambodians plant flags, candles and joss sticks in the park outside the Royal Palace.

Monks at dusk in front of Royal Palace

At dusk the lights on the Royal Palace went on and the air was heavy with incense.

The Royal Palace lit up with lights to honor Norodom Sihanouk.

As night falls and prayers finish up, the crowd starts to head home.

You can see the rest of the photo series here.

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