Chants, tears, as Mr Lee Kuan Yew's casket leaves Istana
"Lee Kuan Yew! Lee Kuan Yew!"
Outside the Istana, along Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road, and outside Parliament House, was a scene like never before.
At 9am, as the Coffin Bearer Party prepared the casket bearing Singapore's founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, to be moved to Parliament House from Sri Temasek, crowds across the civic district fell silent.
Their arms were outstretched, phones ready to capture pictures and videos of the Gun Carriage bearing the casket passing by.
And as it did, some in the crowd clapped, some chanted his name and some broke down.
The Gun Carriage bearing the casket left Sri Temasek after 9am this morning (March 25). The State Flag was draped over the casket - the highest State honour accorded to a leader.
The foot procession from Sri Temasek was led by Chief Mourner and eldest son of the late Mr Lee, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching; the late Mr Lee’s daughter Dr Lee Wei Ling; his youngest son, Mr Lee Hsien Yang and his wife Lee Suet Fern; his grandchildren XiuQi, Yipeng, Hongyi, Haoyi, Shengwu, Huanwu and Shaowu.
The Gun Carriage bearing the casket then made its way to Parliament House via Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road. At Parliament House, the casket was received by the Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, and Commissioner of Police, Hoong Wee Teck, Speaker of Parliament, as well as the Prime Minister and the rest of the family.
Members of the public can pay their respects from 10am to 8pm from March 25 to 28. Queues will start at the riverside Promenade next to Parliament House. Condolence cards will be made available for them to pen their tributes.
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