Cambodians this week mourned King Norodom Sihanouk, who died in China while seeking medical treatment since January. The 89-year-old former monarch held many roles in government and was king on more than one occasion, starting in 1941. He gave up the throne to his son, Norodom Sihamoni, in 2004. Sihanouk led the country through its independence from France in 1953 and was connected to much turmoil in the country over the last 50 years. A crowd estimated at 200,000 lined the streets in Phnom Penh today to welcome home the body, which will lie in state for three months before being cremated according to Buddhist ritual. — Lloyd Young ( 29 photos total)

Cambodian people watch as workers install a portrait of the late former king Norodom Sihanouk in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on Oct. 16. Grieving Cambodians wore black ribbons and flags flew at half-mast on Oct. 16 as the nation mourned the death of revered ex-king Norodom Sihanouk and prepared for the return of his body from China. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

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