Posted Dec 28th 2011 11:00AM
The funeral of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il triggered a suitably elaborate procession in Pyongyang. Immense crowds in the tens of thousands braved freezing temperatures to bid the leader farewell as a parade of classic Mercedes-Benz and Lincoln limousines rolled through the city's snow-covered streets. According to news reports, citizens were enlisted to help clear the 64 kilometre parade route of deep snow ahead of the carefully choreographed procession. Only a few military vehicles were on hand flanking the leader's funeral hearse. An additional artillery salute is scheduled for Thursday alongside a three-minute moment of silence followed by the nation's trains and sea vessels sounding their horns in unison at noon.
Kim Jong-il's youngest son, Kim Jong-un, is expected to take control of the country with his aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, and his uncle, Jang Song-thaek serving in advisory roles. Kim Jong-un is expected to continue to push his father's military-first policy as the country moves toward becoming a legitimate nuclear power. Hit the jump to watch a video of the procession and check out our gallery below.