Phnom Penh: Fireworks announced for 19th anniversary of King’s Coronation

King Sihamoni’s reign has shaped modern Cambodia

Phnom Penh: Fireworks announced for the 19th anniversary of King's Coronation
King Norodom Sihamoni - Khmer Times pic.

PHNOM PENH — The Committee for National and International Festivals has unveiled plans for a unique fireworks show here.

This event commemorates the 19th Coronation day of His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, the reigning monarch of Cambodia.

According to the Khmer Times, the extraordinary spectacle is scheduled for 29 October at 7:00PM (local time), with the Royal Palace as the backdrop.

Born on 14 May 1953, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, King Sihamoni ascended to the throne in October 2004, succeeding his father, King Norodom Sihanouk.

Before becoming king, Sihamoni served as Cambodia’s ambassador to the United Nations and Unesco.

He was educated in Czechoslovakia and was known for his work as a cultural ambassador in Europe and as a classical ballet instructor when he was still a prince.

King Sihamoni’s reign has shaped modern Cambodia

During his reign, King Sihamoni continued his cultural advocacy alongside supporting various philanthropic causes. He has also balanced his role as a constitutional monarch amid Cambodia’s political developments.

Under the reign of King Sihamoni, Cambodia has seen a shift in the monarchy’s role.

The monarchy has become more symbolic and less politically powerful compared to the time of his father, King Sihanouk.

King Sihamoni has largely refrained from direct involvement in politics, focusing instead on his duties as a constitutional monarch.

King Sihamoni has continued his cultural advocacy and supported various philanthropic causes. He has also worked towards maintaining unity and peace in the nation.

Despite spending most of his life in Prague and Paris and dedicating himself to dance, he has managed to carry out his duties without the pretension of his father. — MalaysiaXpress