The body of Cambodian prince Norodom Ranariddha arrived in Cambodia from France for a traditional funeral on Sunday. This information was given by a spokesperson. Ranaridh, the chairman of the Funsinpaque party and the King’s Supreme Privy Advisory Council, died of illness on 28 November in France at the age of 77. The charter flight carrying the prince’s body landed at Phnom Penh International Airport, according to Funsinpeak party spokesman Noun Raden.
Buddhist monks were invited to offer prayers as soon as the prince’s coffin, covered with the national flag, was brought out of the plane, Xinhua news agency reported. The coffin was later taken from the airport to his former residence on Samdek Pan Street in the capital’s Daun Penh district for the royal funeral.
“The prince’s funeral will last four days and his body will be cremated on December 8 in a park in front of the Bottom Waite Pagoda in Phnom Penh,” Raden told Xinhua. Ranaridh was the first Prime Minister from 1993 to 1997 and former Speaker of the National Assembly from 1998 to 2006. He was the second son of the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and half-brother of the current King Norodom Sihamoni.
Cambodia has declared 8 December as a national day of mourning for Ranaridh’s death, when the national flag will be flown at half-mast. All radio and television stations have been instructed to refrain from broadcasting inappropriate music or programmes.