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Royal Arms of Cambodia

Royal Arms of Cambodia
ព្រះសិង្ហា
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Armiger Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
Adopted 1993
Crest In place of a crest, the Royal Crown of Cambodia with rays of light emitting from it
Escutcheon A Sword fesswise Or atop two ceremonial bowls also Or, in chief a representation of the Sacred Aum Or and in base a laurel wreath proper and a representation of the Royal Order of Cambodia also proper
Supporters Two creatures: a Gajasingha and a Singha, they are holding two five-tiered royal umbrellas
Compartment A ribbon with the motto in Khmer script
Motto ព្រះចៅ ក្រុង កម្ពុជា Preah Chau Krong Kampuchea
"King of the Kingdom of Cambodia"
Orders Royal Order of Cambodia

The royal coat of arms of the Kingdom of Cambodia is the symbol of the Cambodian monarchy. They have existed in some form close to the one depicted since the establishment of the independent Kingdom of Cambodia in 1953. It is the symbol on the Royal Standard of the reigning monarch of Cambodia.

Contents

  • Description 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4

Description

Depicted on the coat of arms are two animals which are a gajasingha (a lion with an elephant trunk) on the left, and a rajasingha (a royal lion), on the right. Supported by the animals are two royal five-tiered umbrellas representing the King and the Queen.[1] In between is a royal crown with a shining diamond at its top. On a light blue field beneath the Crown are an Unalome sign (Khmer-Thai version of the Aum symbol) atop a sacred sword, which rests on two stacked phan (pedestalled platters).

The Khmer language phrase ព្រះចៅ ក្រុង កម្ពុជា on the banner beneath the royal arms translates to: Preah Chau (royal or auspicious ruler) - Krong (area, or in this case, kingdom) - Kampuchea (Cambodia): "Ruler of the Kingdom of Cambodia".

History

The royal arms were discontinued with the overthow of the monarchy in the Republican Era (1970–1975). They were restored for official use in 1993 with the reinstatement of the monarchy under HM Norodom Sihanouk.

Other arms were used during succeeding periods: Democratic Kampuchea (i.e., Khmer Rouge era: 1975-1979), the People's Republic of Kampuchea (1979–1989), and the State of Cambodia (1989–1993).

Image State In use
Kingdom of Cambodia (lesser version) 1935–1970
Khmer Republic 1970–1975
Democratic Kampuchea 1975–1979
People's Republic of Kampuchea 1979–1989
Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea
State of Cambodia 1989–1991
United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) 1992–1993

References

  1. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (2014), Official Website 

See also

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