Norodom Monineath

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Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
Queen Mother of Cambodia
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Queen consort of Cambodia
Tenure 24 September 1993 – 7 October 2004
Spouse Norodom Sihanouk
(m. 1952; wid. 2012)
Issue Norodom Sihamoni
Norodom Narindrapong
Full name
Norodom Monineath Sihanouk
House House of Norodom (by marriage)
Father Jean-François Izzi
Mother Pomme Peang
Born (1936-06-18) 18 June 1936 (age 78)
Saigon, Cochinchina
Religion Theravada Buddhism
Royal Family of Cambodia
Royal Arms of Cambodia

HM The King


HM The Queen Mother

  • HRH Prince Norodom Ranariddh
    HRH Princess Norodom Phalla Ranariddh
  • HRH Princess Norodom Bopha Devi
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Moni Kossoma
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Kalyan Tevi
    • Keo Chinsita Forsinetti
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Veakchiravuddh
  • HRH Prince Norodom Yuvaneath
    HRH Princess Norodom Kim Yuvaneath
    • HRH Princess Norodom Chhavann-rangsi
    • HRH Prince Norodom Yuveakduri
    • HRH Prince Norodom Veakchearavouth
      HRH Princess Norodom Veakchearavouth
    • HRH Prince Norodom Veakcharin
    • HRH Princess Norodom Pekina
    • HRH Princess Norodom Yuveakdevi
  • HRH Prince Norodom Chakrapong
    HRH Princess Norodom Kachanipha Chakrapong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Buddhapong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Amarithivong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Naravong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Narithipong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Ravichak
    • HRH Princess Norodom Nanda Dévi
    • HRH Princess Norodom Vimalea
    • HRH Princess Norodom Bophary
    • HRH Prince Norodom Ithipong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Rindra
    • HRH Prince Norodom Charurak
    • HRH Prince Norodom Pongmonireth
    • HRH Princess Norodom Pongsoriya
  • HRH Princess Norodom Narindrapong
    • HRH Princess Norodom Simonarine
    • HRH Princess Norodom Moninouk
  • HRH Princess Norodom Arunrasmy
    HE Keo Puth Rasmey
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Nakia
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Nando
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Sirikith Nathalie
    • HRH Princess Keo Ponita
    • HRH Prince Keo Khemuni

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.

Biography[edit]

Norodom Monineath was born on 18 June 1936, in Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina (present day Vietnam). She was born Paule-Monique Izzi and is sometimes referred to as Queen Monique.[1]

Her father, Jean-François Izzi, was a French banker of Corsican, French and Italian descent,[2] who was killed in World War II. Her mother, Pomme Peang, was from Phnom Penh.[3]

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

He was imprisoned by the Khmer Rouges from 1976 until 1979.

On 22 February 1992, she was elevated by the King to the rank of Samdech Preah Cheayea. On 24 September 1993, she was raised 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.

Monineath speaks Khmer, French and English.[4]

Children[edit]

Norodom Monineath Sihanouk in 1972, during a visit to the Socialist Republic of Romania
Monarchical styles of
Norodom Monineath
The Queen Mother of Cambodia
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Reference style Her Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Madame

The King Father and the Queen Mother have two sons:

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