Originally Posted by lucien
Beautifull.HM lives,or rather lived, in Beijing most of the time while her late husband,King Norodon Sihanouk stayed there most of the time due to health issues.They took up residence at the former French Legation ,in the Old Legation Quarter,a throwback in the history of Beijing,and also of the Boxer uprising and the last years of the Reign of Empress Dowager Cixi..
It was more then simply a home while her husband was receiving medical care.
The Queen Mother and her husband owed their lives to China. When they were put under house arrest in 1976 (for three years) they lived in a constant state of 'preparing to be executed' (the king's words). It was only the continued interest in their well being made by the state of China which kept them alive. When the family was denied assylm by the US when they were exiled in 1979, China provided it to them.
The king lost 5 children and 14 grandchildren to the Killing Fields. Only by the grace of God and the mercy of Chinese interest, were the Queen Mother and her husband also not lost to the genocide.
So no doubt friendship with Beijing will remain important to her till she dies.
Beautiful photos of the event.
Condolences to the family on their loss.
The late king had 14 children. There are only four left, including the king. The current king has 2 half brothers and one half sister left.