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Kingdom marks 66th anniversary of Independence Day

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King Norodom Sihamoni, and Prime Minister Hun Sen, along with senior goverment officials Kheng at the Independence Monument during the event. KT/ Siv Channa

Thousands of government officials, dignitaries, members of armed forces, and students today celebrated the 66th anniversary of the Kingdom’s independence from French colonial rule.

King Norodom Sihamoni, accompanied by Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior officials, laid a wreath and ignited a torch at the Independence Monument to honour his father, the late King Norodom Sihanouk.

The King and Prime Minister Hun Sen. KT/ Siv Channa

Foreign ambassadors to Cambodia also attended this annual event.

According to the tradition, the “Flame of Victory” is to burn for three days to commemorate the Kingdom’s independence from France on November 9, 1953.
After the torch-lighting ceremony, King Sihamoni returned to the Royal Palace, where he addressed the crowd from the balcony of the “Moonlight Pavilion,” and recalled his father’s achievement of freeing Cambodia from France.

The King parades down Norodom Boulevard. KT/ Khem Sovannara

US President Donald Trump also sent an official message delivered on Friday, congratulating the Kingdom’s Independence Day.

“The United States stands with the Cambodian people in their desire for peaceful, prosperous, democratic, and sovereign Kingdom,” the letter said.

Students line the streets with flowers in hand. KT/ Kherm Sovannara

Today, the Kingdom also celebrated the 66th founding anniversary of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and Ambok-eating day initiated by Mr Hun Sen to preserve solidarity.

Students carry fly balloons. KT/ Siv Channa
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