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In Pictures: King Sihamoni's coronation
King Norodom Sihamoni, 29 Oct
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The new king of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni, is crowned in an ancient ceremony in the capital, Phnom Penh.
Former King Norodom Sihanouk, front left, and his son and successor King Norodom Sihamoni, front right, walk in procession at the start of the coronation ceremonies
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Early in the morning the new king was led to a sacred temple from his residence in the royal palace, accompanied by members of his family.
Former King Norodom Sihanouk (back) and his wife and former Queen Monineath pour water on their son King Norodom Sihamoni
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His parents poured water over his head in a symbolic gesture to bless his coming reign.
King Sihamoni sits in a royal pavilion during a religious ceremony at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh 29 October 2004.
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Wearing a golden sarong, King Sihamoni then sat in a pavilion facing the rising sun.
King Norodom Sihamoni, left, passes gifts to Buddhist Monks following a bathing ceremony
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The new monarch made offerings of food to monks attending the ceremony.
King Norodom Sihamoni being embraced by his mother former Queen Monineath
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He also received blessings from his parents.
The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, 29 Oct
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The official swearing-in ceremony took place in the Throne Hall, another building in the huge palace compound.
King Norodom Sihamoni being carried to the Throne Hall
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After being anointed the new king was carried to the Throne Hall to accept the crown.
The procession to the Throne Hall at the Royal Palace
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The king kept his hands together and head bowed in supplication throughout the elaborate procession.
The new king and his royal regalia
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In the Throne Hall of the Royal Palace, the new king accepted his gilded royal regalia.
A Cambodian ceremonial guard
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A Cambodian ceremonial guard watches proceedings as fireworks light up the evening sky.



SEE ALSO:
Country profile: Cambodia
14 Oct 04 |  Country profiles
Profile: King Sihamoni
14 Oct 04 |  Asia-Pacific
A new king for Cambodia: Your views
14 Oct 04 |  Have Your Say
Cambodia passes succession law
08 Oct 04 |  Asia-Pacific
Cambodia's succession riddle
08 Oct 04 |  Asia-Pacific
Profile: Norodom Sihanouk
14 Oct 04 |  Asia-Pacific


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