Royal Order of Sahametrei

The Royal Order of Sahametrei (Khmer:គ្រឿងឥស្សរិយយសលំដាប់សហមេត្រី) is a chivalric order conferred by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Royal Order of Sahametrei was instituted in three classes on 9 September 1948 and was expanded to five classes on 23 August 1956. The order was not used during the Khmer Rouge period and was reinstated on 5 October 1995 by Royal Decree No. 1095/01.[1] It is conferred primarily on foreigners who have rendered distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia, particularly in the field of external relations and diplomatic services or, as a token of friendship.

Royal Order of Sahametrei
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Commander Class Medal of the order
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Knight Class Medal of the order
Awarded by  Cambodia
Awarded fordistinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia
StatusCurrently awarded
GradesGrand Cross
Grand Officer
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Ribbon of the order

The Royal Order of Sahametrei is part of the Cambodia's honours system which currently includes the Royal Order of Monisaraphon, Royal Order of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the Royal Order of Sowathara. The Grand Cross and Grand Officer is presented as a sash worn over the right shoulder. The Commander class of the Royal Order of Sahametrei is a neck order and is suspended from a cravat that is worn around the neck. The badge of the Officer and Knight are worn on the left breast.


The Royal Order of Sahametrei was established by King Norodom Sihanouk on September 9, 1948. It was instituted in three classes but expanded on August 23, 1956 to five classes:

  1.   Maha Sirivudha (មហាសេរីវឌ្ឍន៍) or Grand Cross
  2.   Mahasena (មហាសេនា) or Grand Officer
  3.   Tepidin (ធិបឌិន្ទ) or Commander
  4.   Sena (សេនា) or Officer
  5.   Askararidha (អស្សឫទ្ធិ) or Knight

The order became dormant in 1975 under the government of Democratic Kampuchea. It was reinstituted by Royal Decree No.1095/01 on 5 October 1995 by King Norodom Sihanouk.


Year Class Name
1956 Knight & Commander JM Abdul Aziz
1973 Knight Joseph A. Hazbun
1974 Officer Louis Mason
1982 Commander Colin pratt
1998 Knight Giuseppe Di Bella
Officer Christophe Peschoux
Officer Rut Hugo
Officer Christophe Horvath
1999 Commander Dr Peter Schier
Masaharu Kono
Lakhan Mehrotra[2]
2000 Commander Glenn Denning
Grand Officer Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon [fr]
2001 Grand Cross Dr.Thaksin Shinawatra
2002 Grand Officer Dr.Surakiart Sathirathai
Knight Colin Poole
Knight James McCabe
2003 Commander Dr. Haruhisa Handa[3]
Dr. Gary Jacques
Officer Pierre Tami
2004 Officer Maamar Ferkoun
Officer Ian Marshall
2006 John McGeoghan
M. S. Swaminathan
Dr. Ronald Cantrell
Lisa Filipetto
Blair Exell
Fleur Davies
Rian Dixon
Dr. Peter Core
Shu Fukai
Dr. John Skerritt
Dr. Jung-Chaee Keng
Dr. Ja-Ock Guh
Knight Dr. M. C. Nandeesha
2007 Dr Chris Barlow[4]
Commander Ong Keng Yong[5]
2008 Dr. Chinkholal Thangsing[1]
Commander Lt. Gen. Peter Leahy
Commander Andrew J. Malanga
2009 Commander Kazuhiro Yoneda
Knight Dr. Dirk Van Aken
2010 Officer Dr Jenny Daltry
Commander Fernand Desmyter
Officer Lodewijk Van Schel
Steven Hyde[6]
Freddy Wens
Jacques Dezeure
Robert Kee
2011 Commander Michael Kilburn
Grand Cross Shi Dayuan
Grand Officer Lin Hua
Officer Karl Gerner
Knight Lu Wang
Commander Pyone Maung Maung[7]
Commander Domenic Friguglietti
2013 Grand Cross Steve Penfold
Commander Usha Mishra
Commander Megan Anderson
Commander Freddy Wens
Officer Janne Ritskes[8]
Knight Allen Dodgson Tan
Knight Tony Langer
Knight Robert Rice
Knight Gerard Leenen[9]
Knight Megan McCoy
Knight Leon Len Austin
Officer Jan Erik Støa
Officer Mike James
2014 Grand Officer Preet Bharara
Grand Officer Sharon Cohen Levin
Grand Officer William E. Todd
Commander Lieutenant Colonel Kristen Means
Commander Alexander Wilson
Commander Ir. Mohd Nizam Bin Mohd Nawi
Commander Sarah Paul
Commander Christine Magdo
Commander Sarah Krissoff
Commander Eric Bourdonneau
Commander Allen Dodgson Tan[10]
Commander Leon Len Austin[10]
Commander Emma Atkinson
Commander Stanley Brown
Commander Julie Chung
Commander The Golden West Humanitarian Foundation
Commander Roger Ray Hess
Commander Andrea Acerbis
Officer Daniel Brazier
Officer Brenton Easter
Officer Fong Tchan
Officer Christina LoPresti
Officer Thomas Wotka
Officer Robert Rice[10]
Officer Marcel Durocher[10]
Officer Alistair Moir[11]
Officer Allan Vosburgh
Officer Michael L. Trocino
Officer Nicholas Street
2015 Grand Cross Azedine Beschaouch
Grand Officer Russell Schmieder
Commander Jonathan D. Green
Commander Maamar FERKOUN
Commander Paul Jonathan Freer
Commander Barry Sutherland
Commander Dr Laura Watson
Commander Daniel Friendly
Commander Michael Hodgson
Officer Lloyd Ngoh
Officer Alexander C. Arcinas
Officer William T. Grau
Officer Elisia Correa
Officer Michael Nisi
2016 Grand Officer Denis Schrey
Commander Dr. Daniel Heilmann
Commander Mr John D. Rennie
Grand Cross Scott Neeson
Grand Cross James McCabe
Grand Cross Alan Lemon
Officer Patrick Ramsing
2017 Grand Cross Ambassador Hidehisa Horinouchi
Grand Officer Allen Dodgson Tan
Commander Nicholas Guest
Commander Aksel Steen-Nilsen
Officer Dr. Dirk Van Aken
Knight Dr. Lutgardo C. Punzalan
Commander Dr. Leul Ayalew MEKONNEN
2018 Grand Cross Dato' Sri Kee Yong Wee
Grand Cross Datin Sri Mah Ming Yuet
Grand Officer Jasper Martijn Paas
Officer Edwin Faigmane
Commander Don Brewster[12]
Commander Eric Meldrum[12]
2019 Grand Cross Arnaud Laillou
Grand Cross Ted Sussman
Grand Officer Detective Chief Inspector John Geden Hampshire Police [13]
Grand Cross Msgr. Olivier Schmitthaeusler[14]
Grand Cross Major General Hoàng Thế Thiện[15]
2020 Grand Cross Dr. Mihajlo (Milê) Glamcevski


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