July 1964: HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi and Bruno Forsinetti’s fairy tale love story related in an Italian magazine

General de Gaulle and his wife, together with Ms. Pompidou, greeting HRH Samdech Preah Apyuvareach Norodom Sihanouk and his eldest daughter, HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi at Opera Garnier, July 1964
General de Gaulle and his wife, together with Ms. Pompidou, greeting HRH Samdech Preah Apyuvareach Norodom Sihanouk and his eldest daughter, HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi at Opera Garnier, July 1964

In summer 1964, HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi went on a successful tournée, following Her Father, HRH Prince Norodom Sihanouk in a State Visit in France. This was the first time the Royal Ballet of Cambodia was granted the Opera de Paris as a privileged stage, before the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt (Théâtre de la Ville nowadays).

HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi leading the Apsara Ballet at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, July 1964
HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi leading the Apsara Ballet at the Theatre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris, July 1964

Obviously, the Italian journalists’ attention was taken by the young couple, HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi and Bruno Forsinetti. They were young, beautiful and their story really resembled a fairy tale. Here is the article, which was published in « Tempo », n°29, 18 July 1964

"An Italian for the King's daughter"
“An Italian for the King’s daughter” Lower left: Bruno Forsinetti with HRH Princess Sisowath Monikossoma, eldest daughter of HRH Princess Norodom Buppha Devi. Lower right: the famous Parisian hairdresser Alexandre is adjusting the Apsara Crown for Princess Buppha Devi
"Behind the graceful face of the Princess is hidden a young mother of two children. General de Gaulle himself thought she was a young girl. The unexpected husband is the son of an Italian diplomat."
“Behind the graceful face of the Princess is hidden a young mother of two children. General de Gaulle himself thought she was a young girl. The unexpected husband is the son of an Italian diplomat.”