Royal Audience granted by Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk to His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On Friday 10th June 2016, in Phnom Penh,  Her Majesty Queen-Mother  Norodom Monineath Sihanouk granted me the honour of a Royal Audience in Kantha Bopha Pavillion at 11.00 a.m.

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On this occasion, I presented to Her Majesty my respectful wishes for Her 80th Birthday, which will be celebrated on June 18th and presented the Queen-Mother the special gift that Mr. Ferruccio Ferragamo, Chairman of Salvatore Ferragamo, sent to Her Majesty, knowing that his brand has been the favourite of Queen Monineath for numerous decades.

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Were also present HRH Princess Samdech Sisowath Pongneary Monipong, my beloved Aunt, HRH Princess Samdech Reach Botrey Preah Anoch Norodom Arunrasmy and Her daughter, HRH Princess Norodom Reasmey Ponita.

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Celebration of Buddhist Holy Day : First Day of the Month of Pisak

On Thursday 5th May 2016, at the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh, in the Silver Pagoda Holy Grounds, His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni and Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, followed by members of the Royal Family and dignitaries of the Khmer Royal Court, prayed in occasion of the Buddhist Holy Day of the beginning of the Month of Pisak.

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Their Majesties praying in front of King Norodom Sihanouk’s Stupa. HRH Samdech Reach Botrei Preah Ream Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, HRH Samdech Reach Botrei Preah Anoch Princess Norodom Arunrasmey and HRH Samdech Princess Sisowath Pongneary Monipong were following Their Majesties. I was granted the grand honour to follow my Aunt, Princess Sisowath Pongneary Monipong to offer a jasmine garland to honour the memory of our King Father.
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With my Beloved Auntie HRH Princess Samdech Sisowath Pongneary Monipong before the Royal Ceremony of the Grand Holy Day on 5th May 2016

I was granted the honour to greet Their Majesties and extend my deeply respectful thanks for Their Royal Kindness and bidding my salutations before leaving Cambodia back to Italy.

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Honouring the Memory of His Majesty Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk Varman, Preah Barom Rattanak Kaud, Father of Khmer Independence

On Monday 2nd May 2016, before entering the Kantha Bopha Pavillion to be received by Her Majesty Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, I was granted the honour to kneel down in front of the Statue of our Late King-Father in the gardens of the Royal Palace.

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Honouring the Memory of King Father Preah Barom Rattanak Kaud Preah Karuna Norodom Sihanouk Varman

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Royal Audience granted by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni to His Highness Prince Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong

On Sunday 1st May 2016, in Phnom Penh,  His Majesty Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Boromneath King Norodom Sihamoni granted me the honour of a Royal Audience in Khemarin Palace at 11.00 a.m.

 

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Kneeling down in front of my Most Revered Sovereign

 

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His Majesty benevolently listening
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Royal Embrace before leaving

Article in “Oggi”, Italian Weekly Magazine, 23 March 1956

 

 

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SUCCEDE AL FIGLIO SUL TRONO DI CAMBOGIA.

Phnom Penh (Cambogia). Il re Norodom Suramarit insieme alla regina Kossamak siede sul trono nel giorno dell’incoronazione. Vestito dei tradizionali paludamenti d’oro con il copricapo a forma di cono splendente di perle, il re Norodom  ha ricevuto per molti giorni  l’omaggio dei suoi sudditi, mentre in tutto il paese avevano luogo le cerimonie e i festeggiamenti ufficiali. Egli ha sessanta anni e sul trono di Cambogia – uno dei regni semindipendenti dell’Indocina – ha preso il posto del figlio Sihanouk che è diventato in compenso primo ministro e capo del governo. A sua volta, Sihanouk era stato scelto come re dalla nonna materna, che aveva regnato prima di lui. La Cambogia ha quattro milioni di abitanti.

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Coronation of His Majesty King Norodom Suramarit and of Her Majesty Queen Sisowath Kossamak Nearirath Serey Vatthana, Phnom Penh 6th March 1956

 

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His Majesty King Norodom Suramarit and Her Majesty Queen Sisowath Kossamak Nearirath Serey Vatthana

Article published in “Jours de France”, week of 17 to 24 March 1956

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From left to right, HM King Norodom Sihanouk, HRH Prince Sisowath Monireth, HRH Prince Sisowath Monipong, HE Penn Nouth, HE Leng Nget, HE Sam Sary

 

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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).

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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

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“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.”