Norodom Sihanouk

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Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Colonial and Independent Cambodia
(1st term)
Reign 25 April 1941 – 2 March 1955
Coronation 3 May 1941
Predecessor Sisowath Monivong
Successor Norodom Suramarit
King of Cambodia
(2nd term)
Reign 24 September 1993 – 7 October 2004
Predecessor Chea Sim
Successor Norodom Sihamoni
Spouse Norodom Monineath
(m. 1952-2012, his death)
14 children
Full name
Preah Karuna Preah Bat Sâmdach Preah Norodom Sihanouk Preahmâhaviraksat
House House of Norodom
Father Norodom Suramarit
Mother Sisowath Kossamak
Born (1922-10-31)31 October 1922
Phnom Penh, French Indochina
Died 15 October 2012(2012-10-15) (aged 89)
Beijing, China
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Norodom Sihanouk (October 31, 1922 – October 15, 2012[1]) was the King of Cambodia from 1941 to 1955 and again from 1993 to 2004. He was in the Guinness Book of Records for having the most political duties in the world. He served as the 1st, 12th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 35th, and 37th Prime Minister of Cambodia. He was exiled in 2004 and later left his throne in the same year.

Sihanouk was born on October 31, 1922 in Phnom Penh, French Indochina. He studied at the Cavalry Military School. Sihanouk was married six times. His last wife was Norodom Monineath from 1952 until his death in 2012. Sihanouk had 14 children. He had suffered prostate cancer.[2] Sihanouk died on October 15, 2012 while on a trip to Beijing, China from a heart attack, aged 89.[3]

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