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Kennedy's funeral procession sets off

world Updated: Aug 28, 2009 01:32 IST

The funeral procession carrying the body of Edward Kennedy set off from the family's Cape Cod compound Thursday at the start of the veteran US politician's poignant final journey.

Under a blazing sun, hundreds of people lined the narrow, tree-lined roads around the Kennedy's seaside family home to bid farewell to the Democratic senator who died late Tuesday from brain cancer. He was 77.

The procession was to wind its way past some of the landmarks which played a major role in Kennedy's life, before arriving at the John F Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, where he will lie in repose until Saturday.

President Barack Obama will give a eulogy at a Catholic mass in Boston but will not attend the private burial service later Saturday when the Democratic Party giant is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, on a Virginia hillside.