Mr Lee Kuan Yew makes last trip to Parliament

Mr Lee Kuan Yew makes last trip to Parliament
The gun carriage carrying the body of Singapore's founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, leaves Sri Temasek on March 25, 2015.

SINGAPORE - A procession bearing the casket of Singapore's first prime minister Lee Kuan Yew made its way from the Sri Temasek to Parliament House today.

The procession commenced at 9am.

The eight pallbearers who sent Mr Lee off are from the Istana Household and Mr Lee's Private Office, whom have served him loyally over the years.

As the gun carriage left the Istana, crowds gathered at the main gate were heard shouting "I love you" and chanting "Lee Kuan Yew" repeatedly.

Crowds lined Orchard Road from the Istana, past Plaza Singapura, and all the way up to the Asian Civilisations Museum and Parliament House.

Mr Lee's body will lie in state at the Parliament House from Wednesday to Saturday, March 28.

The traditional mounting of the vigil guards during the lying in state period symbolises the highest form of respect accorded to the deceased.

Four uniformed officers will each stand at a corner of the casket with his head bowed, back turned away and ceremonial sword inverted.

The vigil guards will be led by a senior officer, who will stand at the head of the casket facing inwards.

Friends and former colleagues of the late Mr Lee will also hold vigil during the lying in state. They will be joined by representatives from various branches of government, trade unions, grassroots organisations and other groups.

Each vigil group, comprising about 20 people, will hold vigil for 30 minutes.

Live updates:

10.11am: There is a cluster of people along North Bridge Road hoping to join the queue. Roads have been reopened and police are trying to make sure no one gets hurt or injured amid the rush.

10.09am: The public has been let in to Parliament House now. The four-day lying in state period has begun. The crowd outside disperse but spills onto the road as many rush to join the queue.

10.05am: Singaporeans in the queue are starting to file into the Parliament House to pay their last respects to Mr Lee.

10.05am: Mr Lee's grandson Li Yipeng places a portrait of Mr Lee in front of the casket.

10.03am: PM Lee and family pay respects in front of the casket.

9.59am: The casket is now being moved into Parliament House building. Chief of Defence Force Ng Chee Meng, Police Commissioner Hoong Wee Teck, Parliament Speaker Halimah Yacob are also present.

9.58am: PM Lee and family receive the casket.

9.56am: The casket of Mr Lee Kuan Yew is being lifted from the gun carriage.

9.54am: The gun carriage comes to a stop at Parliament House.

9.51am: Eight pallbearers wait at Parliament House. They represent the Government's three branches - legislature, executive, and judiciary.

9.51am: The funeral procession makes its way into driveway of Parliament House as the crowd chants.

9.49am: The funeral procession passes by Supreme Court building.

9.46am: The gun carriage turns into North Bridge Road.

9.45am: The funeral procession passes by Singapore Art Museum as the crowd breaks out in applause.

9.44am: The gun carriage is now at Bras Basah Road. Crowds line both sides of the road to pay respects to Mr Lee.

9.42am: The funeral procession travels from Orchard Road to Parliament House.

9.38am: The funeral procession is now at Istana main gate. The crowd is shouting "I love you".

9.35am: The funeral procession is moving along a 2km route at 25kmh.

9.32am: The gun carriage approaches the Istana main gate. 24 Ceremonial Guards form line of honour.

9.30am: The gun carriage passes the Istana guard house. Three Ceremonial Guards stand in salute.

9.27am: The gun carriage comes to a stop. A bag piper from the Singapore Gurkha Contingent plays Auld Lang Syne.

9.26am: At the lawn, 12 Istana landscape technicians, horticulturalists line up along the garden entrance.

9.23am: The gun carriage moves towards the Istana main building, will pass by The Lawn, an English garden.

9.21am: The funeral procession is led by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Eight pallbearers behind the gun carriage comprise Mr Lee's Istana staff.

9.18am: The Singapore Armed Forces Band is playing Beethoven Funeral March No.1 as foot procession commences.

9.16am: The 70m foot procession from Sri Temasek at the Istana has begun.

9.10am: The casket is being placed on the gun carriage.

9.09am: The Coffin Bearer Party transfers the casket of Mr Lee.

9.06am: The funeral procession has begun. The casket of Mr Lee Kuan Yew is being carried out of Sri Temasek at the Istana.

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