Queen Mother Norodom Monineath was born on 18 June 1936, in Saigon, Cochinchina, French Indochina (present day Vietnam). She is the widow of HM King Father Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia whom she married in April 1952. She was born Paule-Monique Izzi and is sometimes referred to as Queen Monique.

Her father, Jean-François Izzi, was a French banker of Corsican, French and Italian descent, who was killed in World War II. Her mother, Pomme Peang, was from Phnom Penh.

She studied at the Primary School Norodom, Sisowath High School, and the Lycée René Descartes. She was President of the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) towards the end of the 1960s, and is currently the CRC Honorary President.

On 22 February 1992, she was elevated by the King to the rank of Samdech Preah Cheayea. On 24 September 1993, she was again elevated to the rank of Samdech Preah Mohèsey Norodom Monineath of Cambodia. On 2 January 1996, the King elevated her to the rank of Samdech Preah Reach Akka Mohèsey Norodom Monineath.

Apart from Khmer, HM Norodom Monineath speaks French and English.

The King Father and the Queen Mother have two sons:

 His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni, born on 14 May 1953, who had been given the title of Somdech Krom Khun by H.M the King in 1994 and was Ambassador of Cambodia to UNESCO in Paris. He is the current King of Cambodia.

 His Royal Highness Prince Norodom Narindrapong, born on 18 September 1954 and died in 2003, he has two daughters.
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