Norodom Buppha Devi

Princess Buppha Devi
Princess of Cambodia

Princess Buppha Devi performing a Khmer classical dance circa 1965.
Minister of Culture and Fine Arts
In office 1998  2004
Prime Minister Hun Sen
Born (1943-01-08) 8 January 1943
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Issue Sisowath Moni Kossoma
Sisowath Kalyan Tevi
Keo Chinsita Forsinetti
Sisowath Chivannariddh
Sisowath Veakchiravuddh
House House of Norodom
Father Norodom Sihanouk
Mother Phat Kanhol
Religion Theravada Buddhism

Norodom Buppha Devi (IPA: [n̪ɔroːt̪ˈɗɑm ɓupˈpʰaː~ɓopʰaː t̪eːʋiː]; official title Her Royal Highness Samdech Reach Botrei Preah Ream Norodom Buppha Devi) is a princess of Cambodia born on 8 January 1943, in Phnom Penh. She is the daughter of Norodom Sihanouk and the late Neak Moneang Phat Kanthol, the elder sister of Prince Norodom Ranariddh, and a half-sibling of current King of Cambodia, Norodom Sihamoni.


Buppha Devi comes from Pali words puppha (បុប្ផា) meaning flower and devi (ទេវី) meaning goddess. The name is also romanised as 'Bopha Devi or 'Bophadevi.'


Styles of
Norodom Buppha Devi
Reference style Her Royal Highness
Spoken style Your Royal Highness

Buppha Devi finished her high school education at Lycée Preah Norodom in Phnom Penh. As a young princess, her grandmother, Queen Sisowath Kossamak, chose her to become a dancer early in her life. At the age of 15, she became the premiere dancer of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia. At the age of 18, she was granted the title of prima ballerina.[1]

She then toured the world as the principal dancer of the Royal Ballet with Queen Kossamak, performing in public. In the past the ballet had been performed only before royalty to commemorate their dynastic ancestors and to honour the gods.

Buppha Devi married in 1959 at the age of fifteen, and has five children:

Buppha Devi formerly served as the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts in Cambodia.


Royal Family of Cambodia

HM The King

HM The Queen Mother

  • HRH Prince Norodom Ranariddh
    HRH Princess Norodom Phalla Ranariddh
  • HRH Princess Norodom Bopha Devi
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Moni Kossoma
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Kalyan Tevi
    • Keo Chinsita Forsinetti
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Chivannariddh
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Veakchiravuddh
  • HRH Prince Norodom Yuvaneath
    HRH Princess Norodom Kim Yuvaneath
    • HRH Princess Norodom Chhavann-rangsi
    • HRH Prince Norodom Yuveakduri
    • HRH Prince Norodom Veakchearavouth
      HRH Princess Norodom Veakchearavouth
    • HRH Prince Norodom Veakcharin
    • HRH Princess Norodom Pekina
    • HRH Princess Norodom Yuveakdevi
  • HRH Prince Norodom Chakrapong
    HRH Princess Norodom Kachanipha Chakrapong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Buddhapong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Amarithivong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Naravong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Narithipong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Ravichak
    • HRH Princess Norodom Nanda Dévi
    • HRH Princess Norodom Vimalea
    • HRH Princess Norodom Bophary
    • HRH Prince Norodom Ithipong
    • HRH Prince Norodom Rindra
    • HRH Prince Norodom Charurak
    • HRH Prince Norodom Pongmonireth
    • HRH Princess Norodom Pongsoriya
  • HRH Princess Norodom Narindrapong
    • HRH Princess Norodom Simonarine
    • HRH Princess Norodom Moninouk
  • HRH Princess Norodom Arunrasmy
    HE Keo Puth Rasmey
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Nakia
    • HRH Prince Sisowath Nando
    • HRH Princess Sisowath Sirikith Nathalie
    • HRH Princess Keo Ponita
    • HRH Prince Keo Khemuni

  1. Milton Osborne, Sihanouk, Prince of Light, Prince of Darkness. Silkworm 1994
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