The Khmer Monarchy is the only one in the world where both parents of a monarch have
succeeded a King or Queen to the throne
When King Norodom Sihanouk abdicated the throne in 1955, he handed it over to
his father King Norodom Suramarit. King Sihanouk's mother, Princess Sisowath Kossomak
Nearireak, who became Queen in 1955, reigned until 1970.
Five of King Sihanouk's 14 children were killed by the Khmer Rouge or disappeared
during their reign from 1975 to 1979.
When King Sihanouk returned to Cambodia in September 1975 after five years of
exile in China, two of his children, Princess Sorya Roeungsy and Prince Khmeanourak,
agreed to return with him but both disappeared shortly after.
Of King Sihanouk's six partners, only two were officially married to him: Princess
Thavet Norleak and Neak Moneang Monique Izzi, now Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk.
The controversial Prince Chakrapong was borne of a controversial beginning: King
Sihanouk's mother, Queen Kossomak Nearireak, and the French governor at the time
both interfered to prevent Sihanouk from marrying Chakrapong's mother Princess Sisowath
Pongsanmoni, who was 13 years old when she and the Prince began their liaison. She
was also the half sister of Queen Kossomak, making her Sihanouk's (younger) half
aunt. Princess Pongsanmoni bore the King seven children.