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Cambodia celebrates 67th anniversary of Independence

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Cambodia celebrates the 67th anniversary of her Independence. Documentation Centre of Cambodia

On November 9, 1953, Cambodia obtained independence from France, following a “Royal Crusade for Independence”, organised by his late majesty the King Father Norodom Sihanouk, Preah Borom Rattanak Kaudh.

In this photograph, dated November 9, 1969, his late majesty presided over the traditional ceremony for the National Day at the monument of independence in Phnom Penh.

This was the last time his late majesty presided over the ceremony, as in March 1970, General Lon Nol (who also appears in the photo, to the left of his late majesty), launched his coup and Cambodia entered the most tragic period of its existence.

 

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