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, Vietnam
Religion Theravada Buddhism
Royal Family of Cambodia
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King Norodom Sihanmoni

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 was of French and Vietnamese descent; she is sometimes referred to as "Queen Monique". 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.


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.

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]


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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