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February 2, 2013
by John Vink
The area in front of the Royal Palace was closed to the public today because the Royal Family gathered at the funeral pyre to pray for the late King Norodom Sihanouk (see here), together with all the members of the government. A private affair sort of. And for sure an affair where you need longer lenses than a 35mm to get the shmoozing... But I tried: waited 1 1/2 hour hidden with the soldiers on the good side of the road until I got sent to the far side 10 minutes before the big guns arrived. The public was relegated to the Sisowath Quay to enjoy the fireworks I can hear now as I am writing this.