The portrait of late former King Norodom Sihanouk on a chariot leads his royal funeral procession Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Thousands of mourners accompanied a gilded chariot carrying the body of former King Sihanouk - the dominant figure of modern Cambodia - in a funeral procession Friday to a cremation ground next to the palace where he was crowned more than 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Thousands of Cambodians are giving a final farewell to their former monarch Norodom Sihanouk. The controversial ruler, who supported the Khmer Rouge, died last October and until Friday morning had been lying in state at the royal Palace. The result was a lavish funeral procession fit for a king. Al Jazeera's Scott Heidler reports from Phnom Penh.