BIOGRAPHY OF HIS MAJESTY KING NORODOM SIHAMONI OF CAMBODIA

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Born on Thursday, 14 May 1953 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni is the son of His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, King-Father of Cambodia, and of Her Majesty Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia.

1959-1962 Primary school at the Norodom School and then at the Descartes High School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

1962-1970 Primary and secondary school at Prague’s high school (Czechoslovakia).

1967-1971 Dance, music and theatre courses at the National Conservatory of Prague.

1970 High school degree – Prague (“very good” marks).

1971 First prize course of classical dance of the National Conservatory of Prague.

1971-1975 University studies, Musical Art Academy of Prague.

1975 Master degree, Musical Art Academy of Prague.

1975 Thesis on “The Conception and Administration of Artistic Schools in Cambodia.

1975-1976 University Studies of Cinematography in the D.P.R. of Korea.

1976-1979 Prisoner of the Khmers Rouges along with his parents and his younger brother, H.R.H. Prince Norodom Narindrapong.

1979 – 1980 Served his father in the P.R. of China as his Private Secretary

1981 – 2000 Professor of classical dance and artistic pedagogy at the Marius Petipa Conservatory, the Gabriel Faure Conservatory, and the W.A. Mozart Conservatory of the City of Paris

1984 – 1988 President of the Khmer Dance Association in France and General Manager and Artistic Director of the Ballet Group “Deva””.

1988 – 1993 General Manager and Artistic Director of the Royal Khmer Cinematographic Corporation “Khemara Pictures”. H.M. Norodom Sihamoni, directed two creations (ballet-films): 1 / – “Dream”: 2/- “The Four Elements”.

1992 – 1993 Chosen unanimously by the members of the Supreme National Council of Cambodia to be Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the United Nations.

1993 – 2004 Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UNESCO.

2004 Member of the High Council of French-speaking countries (francophonia).

1st February 1994 Elevated by H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk to the rank of Sdech Krom Khun (Great Prince)

17 October 2003 Appointed High Privy Counselor to his Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk

31 August 2004 Elevated by H.M. King Norodom Sihanouk to the rank of Samdech Preah Baromneath

14 October 2004 Elected unanimously by the members of the Throne Council as King of Cambodia, to succeed his august father who decided to retire

Language: Khmer, French, Czech and English

Honors / Awards Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Cambodia, Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Monisaraphon (Cambodia), Grand Officer of the Legion d’Honneur (France), Silver Medal of the City of Paris (France).

Source: https://www.norodomsihamoni.org/en/biography

 

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