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Photos: Cambodians mourn loss of former king

Updated 7:33 AM ET, Thu October 18, 2012
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A Cambodian Buddhist monk prays for King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the royal palace in Phnom Penh on Thursday, October 18. Sihanouk, the former king, died of natural causes at age 89 on Monday. Experts in Cambodia began preparations on Thursday to embalm Sihanouk, who will lie in state at the royal palace for three months ahead of a lavish funeral, a royal aide said. AFP/Getty Images
The coffin of late king is seen on a golden float shaped like a mythological bird, as it passes in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, October 17. A convoy took the king's body back to Cambodia from Beijing, where he died on Monday at 89. AFP/Getty Images
The sun sets as mourners burn incense and offer prayers for the late former king at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian King Sihamoni cries as he shakes hands with a Buddhist monk at the royal palace in Phnom Penh. AFP/Getty Images
Mourners burn incense and offer prayers at the Royal Palace on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
A Cambodian honor guard carries the coffin of the late former king towards a decorated hearse at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
The coffin of former King Sihanouk is taken off the plane by a Cambodian honor guard, after it arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Buddhist monks hold a picture of late king as they wait for the convoy to go by with his coffin, in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian mourners hold pictures of late King Norodom Sihanouk and national flags in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian people pray in front of the Royal Palace on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian Buddhist monks sit with mourners waiting for a convoy transporting the late former king's coffin at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh which commemorates the end of French rule over Cambodia in 1954. AFP/Getty Images
A young woman holds flowers as she waits for the convoy bearing the body of King Sihanouk to drive past in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
A Cambodian girl prays for the late former king in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
A Cambodian Buddhist monk stands on a balcony as people pay respects in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, October 16. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian people watch as workers install a portrait of Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
A Cambodian man makes a traditional gesture on Tuesday after he prayed over the death in the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh. AFP/Getty Images
A man places an incense stick outside the Royal Palace to honor the former king on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian people light candles on Tuesday evening. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian nuns and other people gather in front of the palace on Monday, October 15. AFP/Getty Images
Cambodian nuns and other people pray on Monday. AFP/Getty Images
A photo from January 19, 2012, shows the former King Sihanouk bidding farewell to government officials as he boards a plane for Beijing at Phnom Penh International Airport. He had stepped down in 2004 because of health problems, but Cambodia's National Assembly then gave Sihanouk the title of King Father, allowing him the same privileges he had as the reigning monarch. AFP/Getty Images