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One million prepare to mourn Cambodia's former king

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The lavish funeral of Cambodia's revered former king Norodom Sihanouk will begin on Friday, with officials expecting more than a million mourners to throng Phnom Penh's streets. 

Cambodian people gather to pay their respects and pray for the late former King Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on January 31, 2013. The lavish funeral of Cambodia's revered former king will begin on Friday, with officials expecting more than a million mourners to throng Phnom Penh's streets.

The body of the late monarch, who died of a heart attack in Beijing in October, aged 89, will be paraded through the city atop a golden float shaped like a mythological bird, from the Royal Palace to an ornate, custom-built crematorium in a city park.

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