Rodin and the Cambodian Princess

In 1906, His Majesty King Sisowath brought the Royal Ballet of Cambodia to France. The dancers were under the direction of the King’s favourite daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady (1865 – 193…). She really impressed everyone, especially the journalists. Rodin, himself, draws a portrait of the almighty princess.

 

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Her Royal Highness Princess Sisowath Somphady as photographed in Paris, Le Petit Journal, issue n°818, 22nd July 1906

 

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Portrait of HRH Princess Sisowath Somphady, 1906, Auguste Rodin (aquarelle)
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Samdech Preah Voreachny Sa-Vann and her sister, Khun Sa-Im

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Samdech Preah Voreachny Vann (left) was married to King Sisowath (1840-1927) of Cambodia and was the beloved Mother of King Sisowath Monivong (1875-1941)

Her sister, Khun Sa-Im was also married to King Sisowath and has two children: HRH Princess Sisowath Samphady (1865-193…) and HRH Prince Sisowath Duong Mathura (1873-1908)

They were very loved by King Sisowath and were both members of the Royal Ballet.

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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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

Funérailles de Son Altesse Royale le Prince Sisowath Essaro: la Cérémonie des 100 jours

Article de Philippe Delorme, paru dans “Point de vue” la semaine du 6 novembre 2004

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Son Altesse Royale le Prince Sisowath Tesso, fils du Défunt

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Son Altesse Royale le Prince Norodom Preyasophon, le gendre du Défunt

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