PREAH BAT SAMDECH PREAH BAROMNEATH NORODOM SIHAMONI
KING OF CAMBODIA
PHNOM PENH POST
On the occasion of my election as King of Cambodia by the Throne Council I would
like to send warm greetings and good wishes to the management and readers of the
Phnom Penh Post.
My unexpected accession to the ancient throne of Cambodia and the retirement of my
august father His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk are events which mark a new era in
our ancient monarchy. As Constitutional monarch I shall endeavor to follow the example
of my august father and observe strict neutrality as far as political affairs are
I shall take care of those of my compatriots who are the less privileged of our Nation
just as my august father has done.
My enthronization takes place as we prepare to celebrate my august father's 82nd
Birthday Anniversary and I would like to avail myself of this opportunity to pay
a most respectful and filial homage to His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk, artisan
of Cambodia's nationhood, father of her independence and builder of modern Cambodia.
We, Khmers, are eternally grateful to His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk for completely
dedicating his life and soul to the service of Cambodia and its people. We wish His
Majesty good health and longevity.