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".
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 Keng Yam was first at Parliament House to pay respects to his predecessor.(Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Members of the Singapore Police Force saluting Mr Nathan. (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Some visitors were moved to tears. (Photo: Lam Shushan)
At the height of the queue, the wait was up to three hours in 33 degrees Celsius heat. (Photo: Calvin Oh)
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 rehearse behind-the-scenes for about two hours. The vigil guards are from the army, air force, navy and police force. (Photo: Kane Cunico)
A vigil guard raising his sword to indicate a change of guard. (Photo: Kane Cunico)
(Photo: Kane Cunico)
(Photo: Xabryna Kek)
People from various faiths came to pay their respects (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signing a condolence book for Mr Nathan (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
Johor Prince Idris Iskandar Ismail Abdul Rahman paying his respects with Acting Minister Ong Ye Kung (Photo: Xabryna Kek)
A family bows down to the ground for Mr Nathan (Photo: Kane Cunico)
Several students came after school to pay respects. (Photo: Linette Lim)
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)
Businessman Kartar Singh Thakral saying a prayer for Mr Nathan (Photo: Linette Lim)
By 10pm, more than 19,000 people had visited Parliament House to pay respects to Mr Nathan. (Photo: Alicia Tantriady)