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Funeral procession begins for Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

Thousands of Singaporean's are bidding a final farewell to the country's first ever Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as his funeral procession takes place in the city.

Thousands of Singaporean's are lining the funeral procession route for Lee Kuan Yew. Credit: APTN
Singaporeans are standing in the pouring rain to pay their final respects. Credit: APTN

Mr Lee's coffin has been taken from parliament, where it had been lying in state, to be carried past significant landmarks including Singapore’s Old Parliament House, Marina Barrage, and St Andrew’s Cathedral on a gun carriage.

More than 1.2 million Singaporeans have formally paid their respects to Mr Lee - nearly half a million queued to file past his body lying in state at parliament house, while more than 850,000 attended community tribute sites around the island.

Lee Kuan Yew's coffin has been lying in state at parliament house. Credit: APTN
Several former and current world leaders will attend the funeral service. Credit: APTN

Several former and current world leaders, including Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Bill Clinton, will be among mourners at the funeral service at the National University of Singapore.

A minute's silence will be held in Mr Lee's honour this afternoon. A private cremation will then take place at the Mandai crematorium.

Hammond: Singapore statesman 'will be sorely missed'

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has expressed his sadness at the death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister:

I am deeply saddened by the death of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister.

Mr Lee fashioned the Singapore and Asian region that we know today. Internationally, Lee Kuan Yew was a leading global statesman of his era, a co-founder of ASEAN and driver of Asia's rise. Singapore and the UK have a long and deep friendship. He will be sorely missed.

– Philip Hammond
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