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Singapore bids farewell to longtime leader with elaborate funeral, procession through city

  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, center, is accompanied by Ho Ching, right, wife of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, second left, as he pays his respects  to the late Lee Kuan Yew, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, center, is accompanied by Ho Ching, right, wife of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, second left, as he pays his respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Singapore. Lee, 91, died Monday at Singapore General Hospital after more than a month of battling severe pneumonia. The government declared a week of mourning for the leader who is credited with transforming the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and trade hub with low crime and corruption in a region saddled with graft, instability and poverty. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • An army officer arranges funeral service programs on seats ahead of a state funeral for the late Lee Kuan Yew, at the University Cultural Center, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Singapore. During a week of national mourning that began Monday after Lee's death at age 91, some 450,000 people queued for hours for a glimpse of Lee's coffin at Parliament House. A million people visited tribute sites at community centers across the island and leaders and dignitaries from more than two dozen countries attended the state funeral. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    An army officer arranges funeral service programs on seats ahead of a state funeral for the late Lee Kuan Yew, at the University Cultural Center, Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Singapore. During a week of national mourning that began Monday after Lee's death at age 91, some 450,000 people queued for hours for a glimpse of Lee's coffin at Parliament House. A million people visited tribute sites at community centers across the island and leaders and dignitaries from more than two dozen countries attended the state funeral. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, left, is welcomed  by Singapore Minister of the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, right, as he arrives at the state funeral for the late Lee Kuan Yew, at the University Cultural Center Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Singapore. Thousands of Singaporeans are lining a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

    Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa, left, is welcomed by Singapore Minister of the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, right, as he arrives at the state funeral for the late Lee Kuan Yew, at the University Cultural Center Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Singapore. Thousands of Singaporeans are lining a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)  (The Associated Press)

Singaporeans are lining a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew.

During a week of national mourning that began Monday after Lee's death at age 91, some 450,000 people queued for hours for a glimpse of Lee's coffin at Parliament House. A million people visited tribute sites at community centers across the island.

People began arriving along the cortege route not long after dawn for the procession which begins early Sunday afternoon.

Leaders and dignitaries from more than two dozen countries are attending the state funeral.

Lee was Singapore's prime minister for more than three decades, ruling with an iron grip until 1990 and is regarded by Singaporeans as the architect of their island's prosperity.