Royal Order of Sahametrei
|Royal Order of Sahametrei|
|Awarded by Cambodia|
|Awarded for||distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia|
|Grades (w/ post-nominals)||Grand Cross
|Established||September 9, 1948|
|Ribbon of the Royal Order of the Sahametrei, Knight Class|
The Royal Order of Sahametrei(Khmer:គ្រឿងឥស្សរិយយសលំដាប់សហមេត្រី) is an Chivalric order conferred by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Royal order of Sahametrei was instituted in three classes on 9 September 1948 and was expanded to five classes on 23 August 1956. The order was not used during the Khmer Rouge period and was reinstated on 5 October 1995 by Royal Decree No. 1095/01. It is conferred primarily on foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia, particularly in the field of external relations and diplomatic services or, as a token of friendship.
The Royal Order of Sahametrei is part of the Kingdom of Cambodia's honours system which currently includes the Royal Order of Monisaraphon, Royal Order of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Royal Order of Sowathara. The Grand Cross and Grand Officer is presented as a sash worn over the right shoulder. The Commander class of the Royal Order of Sahametrei is a neck order and is suspended from a cravat that is worn around the neck. The badge of the Officer and Knight are worn on the left breast.
The Royal Order of Sahametrei was established by King Norodom Sihanouk on September 9, 1948. It was instituted in three classes but expanded on August 23, 1956 to five classes:
- Maha Sirivudha (មហាសេរីវឌ្ឍន៍) or Grand Cross,
- Mahasena (មហាសេនា) or Grand Officer,
- Tepidin (ធិបឌិន្ទ) or Commander,
- Sena (សេនា) or Officer and
- Askararidha (អស្សឫទ្ធិ) or Knight.
The Order became dormant in 1975 under the government of Democratic Kampuchea. It was reinstituted by Royal Decree No.1095/01 on 5 October 1995 by King Norodom Sihanouk.
|1956||Knight & Commander||JM Abdul Aziz|
|1973||Knight||Joseph A. Hazbun|
|1998||Knight||Giuseppe Di Bella|
|1999||Commander||Dr Peter Schier|
|Grand Officer||Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon|
|2001||Grand Cross||Thaksin Shinawatra|
|2002||Grand Officer||Surakiart Sathirathai|
|2003||Dr. Gary Jacques|
|Dr. Ronald Cantrell|
|Dr. Peter Core|
|Dr. John Skerritt|
|Dr. Jung-Chaee Keng|
|Dr. Ja-Ock Guh|
|2007||Commander||Ong Keng Yong|
|2008||Dr. Chinkholal Thangsing|
|Commander||Lt. Gen. Peter Leahy|
|Knight||Andrew J. Malanga|
|Knight||Dr. Dirk Van Aken|
|2010||Officer||Dr Jenny Daltry|
|Officer||Lodewijk Van Schel|
|Grand Cross||Shi Dayuan|
|Grand Officer||Lin Hua|
|Knight||Allen Dodgson Tan|
|Knight||Leon Len Austin|
|Officer||Jan Erik Støa|
|2014||Grand Officer||Preet Bharara|
|Grand Officer||Sharon Cohen Levin|
|Grand Officer||William E. Todd|
|Commander||Lieutenant Colonel Kristen Means|
|Commander||Allen Dodgson Tan|
|Commander||Leon Len Austin|
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