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King of Cambodia Receives Australian Ambassador

On the morning of 26th November 2010, HM King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia received the diplomatic credentials from Mrs Penelope Ann Richard of Australia.

Mrs Richards is a senior officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently the Senior Legal Adviser, International Organisations and Legal Division, a position she has held since 2006.

Mrs Richards has also served Australia overseas as Deputy Head of Mission in Tokyo and Beijing, Consul-General in Shanghai and has also served in Jakarta and Tokyo.

Mrs Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) degree and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Australian National University.

HM King Norodom Sihamoni speaks Khmer, French, Czech, Russian and English. He is a classicly trained dancer and former Cambodian ambassador to UNESCO. Imprisoned during the rule of the Khmer Rouge regime, the king-to-be subsequently spent twenty years teaching ballet in France before taking on political responsibilities and eventually acceding to the throne in October 2004.

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