Monday, 28 May 2018


Royal Palace in Phnom Penh
Norodom Monineath Sihanouk (Khmer: នរោត្ដម មុនីនាថ; born Paule Monique Izzi, 18 June 1936) is the queen mother of Cambodia. She was queen consort of Cambodia from 1952 to 1955 and again from 1993 to 2004, as the wife of King Norodom Sihanouk.

She is the widow of King-Father Norodom Sihanouk, whom she married in 1952. Queen Monineath and King Sihanouk parented two children: Norodom Sihamoni (b. 1953) and Norodom Narindrapong (1954-2003). 

Her official, full title is “Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Mohaksatreyani Norodom Monineath Sihanouk” (Khmer: ព្រះករុណាព្រះបាទសម្តេចព្រះមហាក្សត្រិយានី នរោត្តម មុនិនាថ សីហនុ). The Queen is also called “Preah Voreakreach Meada Cheat Khmer” (Khmer: ព្រះវររាជមាតាជាតិខ្មែរ). Her birthday on 18 June is an official public holiday in Cambodia.

Should you be in Cambodia for the birthday of Queen Monique on June 18th, some things to do include:
  • Follow the tradition now developing of making King’s Mother Birthday a “family day.” People go with their children to parks and shopping malls and take part in various kid’s events organised by local governments. Whether in Phnom Penh or another municipality, you can probably find some “kid-centred” festivals going on.
  • Many also use this day as an occasion to pray for the health of the “Queen Mother” at Buddhist temples. You may wish to visit some of these temples to see their intricate architecture.
  • In Phnom Penh, there are numerous “traditional arts” events that will give you a taste of the local culture on King’s Mother Birthday. There is also a fireworks show, which you won’t want to miss.
  • Tour the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, where the royal family resides. Its Khmer-French architecture is stunning and nearly 100 years old. Other than the part of the palace where the royal family actually lives, most of it is open to the public. Look for the Silver Pagoda, the lush, tropical gardens on the palace grounds, and for the surrounding wall with its decorative designs.
Date - Monday 18/06/2018

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