Singapore founder Lee lies in state

Mar 25, 2015, 12:28 AM EDT
Mourners pay their respects in front of a coffin bearing former Singapore prime minister Lee Kuan Yew during a private family wake at the Sri Temasek in the Istana presidential palace, a day after Lee's death in Singapore on March 24, 2015.
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The body of Singaporean statesman Lee Kuan Yew has been moved by gun carriage from his official residence to parliament where it will lie in state, reports the BBC.

Thousands lined the streets to pay tribute to Mr Lee, who led the city-state to independence and served as its prime minister for 31 years. Singapore is observing a week of mourning for the deeply respected leader, who died in hospital on Monday aged 91. A state funeral will be held on Sunday.

Thousands have already paid tribute at the Istana Mr Lee's body has been resting at the Istana - the compound which houses the president's official residence and the prime minister's office - for a private family mourning period.

Thousands have already left flowers and message at its gates and signed books of condolence. His flag-draped coffin, accompanied by representatives of the military and government, was then carried from the Istana through the main shopping and business districts, before arriving at Parliament House.

Crowds cheered, clapped and chanted his name as the procession passed by. Many organisations and businesses are giving employees time off to pay their respects.

On Tuesday, Singapore's current prime minster, Mr Lee's son Lee Hsien Loong, thanked all who had paid tribute, via his Facebook page.