In pictures: Thousands visit Parliament House to pay respects to S R Nathan

In pictures: Thousands visit Parliament House to pay respects to S R Nathan

Mr Nathan received the highest state honour given to a leader as the state flag was draped over his casket. His body will lie in state from 10am on Thursday to 12pm on Friday.

nathan lying in state kid waves goodbye

SINGAPORE: Thousands of people, young and old, came to bid goodbye to Singapore's longest-serving president S R Nathan on Thursday (Aug 25).

His body will lie in state from 10am on Thursday to 12pm on Friday.

Mr Nathan died at the age of 92 at the Singapore General Hospital on Monday, three weeks after suffering a stroke.

He received the highest state honour given to a leader with the state flag draped over his casket. Vigil guards were also mounted as a special mark of respect, hailed by leaders as a "true son of Singapore".

Vigil guards stand by coffin of S R Nathan (1)

The state flag placed over the casket with the crescent and stars lying over the head and close to the heart. (Photo: Lam Shushan)

President Tony Tan arrives at the Parliament House to pay respects to Mr S R Nathan (1)

President Tony Tan Keng Yam was first at Parliament House to pay respects to his predecessor.(Photo: Xabryna Kek)

nathan lying in state guards

Members of the Singapore Police Force saluting Mr Nathan. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

nathan lying in state public 1

nathan lying in state public 2

Some visitors were moved to tears. (Photo: Lam Shushan)

nathan lying in state public 3

At the height of the queue, the wait was up to three hours in 33 degrees Celsius heat. (Photo: Calvin Oh)

nathan lying in state casket

Five vigil guards stand guard at the coffin for half an hour each time. Each guard is on shift for 8 hours and does about two to three rotations per shift. (Photo: Lam Shushan)

Vigil guards rehearsing S R Nathan lying-in-state

Vigil guards rehearse behind-the-scenes for about two hours. The vigil guards are from the army, air force, navy and police force. (Photo: Kane Cunico)

nathan lying in state vigil guard 2

A vigil guard raising his sword to indicate a change of guard. (Photo: Kane Cunico)

nathan lying in state religious 2

(Photo: Kane Cunico)

nathan lying in state religious 3

(Photo: Xabryna Kek)

nathan lying in state religious 4

People from various faiths came to pay their respects (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

Shinzo Abe signing condolence book for S R Nathan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signing a condolence book for Mr Nathan (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

Johor Prince Idris Iskandar Ismail Abdul Rahman

Johor Prince Idris Iskandar Ismail Abdul Rahman paying his respects with Acting Minister Ong Ye Kung (Photo: Xabryna Kek)

Family kneeling S R Nathan lying-in-state

A family bows down to the ground for Mr Nathan (Photo: Kane Cunico)

Students at S R Nathan lying-in-state

Several students came after school to pay respects. (Photo: Linette Lim)

Army personnel at S R Nathan lying-in-state

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen thanked the SAF and the Home Team for helping to facilitate crowds at the lying-in-state. (Photo: Kane Cunico)

Kartar Singh Thakral at S R Nathan's lying-in-state

Businessman Kartar Singh Thakral saying a prayer for Mr Nathan (Photo: Linette Lim)

Night queue for S R Nathan

By 10pm, more than 19,000 people had visited Parliament House to pay respects to Mr Nathan. (Photo: Alicia Tantriady)

Source: CNA/ek

Bookmark