Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
Queen Mother
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 Norodom Monineath was born on June 18, 1936, in Saigon, Vietnam
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. She is the wife of HM King Father Norodom Sihanouk
Norodom Sihanouk
Norodom Sihanouk regular script was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 until his semi-retirement and voluntary abdication on 7 October 2004 in favor of his son, the current King Norodom Sihamoni...

 of Cambodia
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 whom she married in April 1952. She was born Paule-Monique Izzi and is sometimes referred to as Queen Monique.

Her father, Jean-François Izzi, was a French banker of Corsican, French
French people
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 and Italian
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 descent, who was killed in World War II. Her mother, Pomme Peang, was from Phnom Penh.

She studied at the Primary School Norodom, Sisowath High School
Lycee Sisowath
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, and the Lycée René Descartes
Lycée français René Descartes de Phnom Penh
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. She was President of the Cambodian Red Cross
Cambodian Red Cross
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 (CRC) towards the end of the 1960s, and is currently the CRC Honorary President.

On 22 February 1992, she was elevated by the King to the rank of Samdech Preah Cheayea. On 24 September 1993, she was again elevated to the rank of Samdech Preah Mohèsey Norodom Monineath of Cambodia. On 2 January 1996, the King elevated her to the rank of Samdech Preah Reach Akka Mohèsey Norodom Monineath.

Apart from Khmer
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, HRH Norodom Monineath speaks French
French language
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 and English
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The King Father and the Queen Mother have two sons:
  • His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni
    Norodom Sihamoni
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    , born on 14 May 1953, who had been given the title of Somdech Krom Khun by H.M the King in 1994 and was Ambassador of Cambodia to UNESCO
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     in Paris
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    . He is the current King of Cambodia
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  • His Royal Highness Prince Norodom Narindrapong
    Norodom Narindrapong
    HRH Somdech Norodom Narindrapong was a prince of Cambodia. He was born in Phnom Penh on September 18, 1954 to HM King Father Norodom Sihanouk and HM Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. The prince studied philosophy, criminology, and law at the Moscow State University, and spoke fluent French...

    , born on 18 September 1954 and died in 2003., he has two daughters.

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