World Leaders in Their Underpants #62

King Norodom SihamoniNorodom Sihamoni – King of Cambodia

His Majesty, King Norodom Sihamoni of the Kingdom of Cambodia, or, to give him his full title in Khmer, Preah Karuna Preah Bat Sâmdech Preah Bâromneath Norodom Sihamoni Nai Preah Reacheanachakr Kampuchea is today’s World Leader in Underpants.

Despite being one of the poorest countries in the world, Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy, showing that even impoverished nations can harbour such luxury. In the past, Cambodian monarchs enjoyed a semi-divine status, but today the King’s duties are largely ceremonial. In the modern world, divinity itself is largely a matter of ceremony, so the decline in the King’s responsibility is fitting, and as many people only pray when flying, it is arguable that God too is an air steward (see Iceland).

Having spent his formative years in Czechoslovakia, Cambodia’s King is the world’s only Czech speaking monarch. In addition to these unlikely skills, he is also a trained dance instructor, meaning that his ceremonial activities needn’t be limited to a few stiff handshakes. No, this head of state can cavort and leap about in a manner befitting the grandest of formal occasions. Here. for example, he is adopting the retiré position for our amusement, and were he wearing a shirt, we could be sure of an assortment of similar moves up his sleeve for the pleasure of the other heads of state he now joins.

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