PHNOM PENH, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, the eldest daughter of late King Father Norodom Sihanouk, died on Monday of illness at the age of 77, according to an official statement.
"Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, a Privy Counsellor to the King and a Member of the Constitutional Council, passed away on Nov. 18, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. due to illness (at a hospital in Thailand)," the Constitutional Council said in a statement.
Buppha Devi was a half-sibling of current King Norodom Sihamoni.
She was formerly the minister of culture and fine arts and was the director of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia.
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen expressed his profound condolences to the royal family for Buppha Devi's death.
"It's a great loss of human resource for our nation. The princess was considered as a living heritage," he said in a speech during a meeting with hundreds of athletes, adding that the princess was the most important person who helped revive traditional royal ballet.
He said the government set Nov. 20 for the day of mourning and advised state institutions and private companies to fly the flag at half-mast.