Famous 20th Century Empresses & Queens

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Queen Elizabeth II
(Former Queen of the United Kingdom)
Queen Elizabeth II
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Birthdate: April 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: September 8, 2022

The Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning British monarch in history. The first child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother , she ascended to the throne in 1952. Despite the media criticism of the royal family, she continued to be a popular figure in the UK.

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Queen Victoria
(Queen of the United Kingdom (1837-1901))
Queen Victoria
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Birthdate: May 24, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kensington Palace, London, England
Died: January 22, 1901

The Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for over six decades, Queen Victoria reigned for longer than any of her predecessors. Her rule witnessed the vast expansion of the British Empire and ushered in a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes. Her Golden and Diamond Jubilees were celebrated with great pomp and show.

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Liliʻuokalani
(Queen of the Hawaiian Islands (1891-93))
Liliʻuokalani
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Birthdate: September 2, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: November 11, 1917
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Alexandra Feodorovna
(Empress Consort of Russia (1894 - 1917))
Alexandra Feodorovna
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Birthdate: June 6, 1872
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: July 17, 1918

Alexandra Feodorovna, wife of Emperor Nicholas II, was the last Russian tsarina and reigned from 1894 to 1917. She suffered from hemophilia. Alexandra and her entire family were murdered by the Bolshevik revolutionaries. In 2000, the Russian Orthodox Church canonized her as Saint Alexandra the Passion Bearer.

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Alexandra of Denmark
(Former Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and British Dominions (1901 - 1910))
Alexandra of Denmark
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Birthdate: December 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 20, 1925
Alexandra of Denmark was the queen of the U.K. and the empress of India from 1901 to 1910, as the wife of King Edward VII. Her style of dressing inspired English fashion back then. She supported her son George V’s campaign against Germany, with the Allies, during World War I.
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Margrethe II of Denmark
(Queen of Denmark)
Margrethe II of Denmark
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Birthdate: April 16, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Margrethe II, the reigning queen of Denmark, ascended to the throne after the death of her father, King Frederick IX, becoming the first female monarch of her country since Margrethe I. At 13, she was named her father’s heir through a constitutional amendment allowing daughters to inherit the Danish throne.
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Queen Rania of Jordan
(Queen consort of Jordan.)
Queen Rania of Jordan
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Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuwait City

Queen Rania of Jordan is the current queen consort of Jordan. Since her marriage to Abdullah II of Jordan, Rania has focused on improving education and health in Jordan. In 2005, Queen Rania joined hands with the Ministry of Education to launch the Queen Rania Award for Excellence in Education, an annual teachers’ award.

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
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Birthdate: December 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belgrave Square, England
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Maria Feodorovna
(Empress Consort of Russia (1881 - 1884))
Maria Feodorovna
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Birthdate: November 26, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 13, 1928

Maria Feodorovna was a Danish princess who married Emperor Alexander III and became Empress of Russia. She was the second daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark and Louise of Hesse-Kassel. She grew up to be a beautiful and charming woman. She was married to Alexander Alexandrovich, the son of Emperor Alexander II and his first wife Maria Alexandrovna. 

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Farah Pahlavi
(Queen Consort of the Shah of Iran)
Farah Pahlavi
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Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Farah Pahlavi was the Shahbanu of Iran from 1961 to 1979, as the wife of Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Though she was not allowed to hold a political role, she worked for many charities and helped found Iran's first American-style university. She has continued her involvement in charity work even after her husband’s death in 1980. 

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Queen Noor
(Queen of Jordan)
Queen Noor
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Birthdate: August 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Beatrix of the Netherlands
(Former Queen of the Netherlands (1980 - 2013))
Beatrix of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: January 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands

Beatrix of the Netherlands reigned as Queen of the Netherlands for 33 years. At the time of her abdication in favor of her son, she was the oldest-reigning monarch in the history of the monarchy of the Netherlands. As the queen, Beatrix had a huge impact on the Dutch people and continues to serve as a patron of several organizations.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: May 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The queen consort of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima is the daughter of Argentine politician Jorge Zorreguieta. She initially worked in the sales departments of HDFC and Deutsche Bank. She apparently didn’t know she was meeting a prince when she met her husband, King Willem-Alexander, at the Seville Spring Fair.

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Juliana of the Netherlands
(Queen of the Netherlands (1948-80))
Juliana of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 20, 2004

Juliana of the Netherlands was the Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980, during which she remained a popular member of the Dutch royal family. Her reign witnessed the decolonization and independence of Suriname and the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia). Several important places, including the Princess Juliana International Airport, are named after her.

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Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
(Queen of the Netherlands (1890 - 1948))
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: August 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 28, 1962

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, the only child of the King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, became queen at age 10. While she remained neutral during World War I, she went into exile to England during World War II. Her autobiography revealed her religious devotion.

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Marie of Romania
(Wife of Ferdinand I of Romania and Former Queen Consort of Romania (1914 - 1927))
Marie of Romania
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Birthdate: October 29, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eastwell Park, Kent, England
Died: July 10, 1938
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Maud of Wales
( Queen of Norway as the Wife of King Haakon VII)
Maud of Wales
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Birthdate: November 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: November 20, 1938

Daughter of King Edward VII of Norway, Maud of Wales, was known for being a tomboy and had even been nicknamed Harry, after a valiant admiral. She married Prince Carl of Denmark. After Carl took over as King Haakon VII of Norway, Maud became the queen of Norway, too.

Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
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Birthdate: October 24, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Balmoral Castle, Scotland
Died: April 15, 1969
Queen Sofía of Spain
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Birthdate: November 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tatoi Palace, Greece
Fawzia Fuad of Egypt
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Birthdate: November 5, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
Died: July 2, 2013

Often compared to actor Hedy Lamarr, for her beauty, Fawzia Fuad, the daughter of Fuad I, was an Egyptian princess who later became the empress of Iran, as Mohammad Reza Shah’s first wife. An unhappy marriage led to her divorce, following which she married diplomat Ismail Chirine.

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Viktoria Luise of Prussia
(Former Duchess Consort of Brunswick (1913 - 1918))
Viktoria Luise of Prussia
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Birthdate: September 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: December 11, 1980
Queen Anne-Marie of Greece
3
Birthdate: August 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amalienborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Queen Silvia of Sweden
(Queen Consort of Sweden)
Queen Silvia of Sweden
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Birthdate: December 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
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Olga Constantinovna of Russia
(Queen consort of the Hellenes)
Olga Constantinovna of Russia
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Birthdate: September 3, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pavlovsk, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 18, 1926

Olga Constantinovna of Russia was the oldest daughter of Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaievich and his wife, Princess Alexandra of Saxe-Altenburg. She was married to King George I of Greece and was the queen consort of Greece as his wife. In this role, she became involved in social and charitable work and founded hospitals and schools. 

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Empress Kōjun
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Birthdate: March 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: June 16, 2000

Empress Kōjun was an Empress consort of Japan. As the wife of Emperor Shōwa, Kōjun was one of the most important members of the Imperial House of Japan. She reigned as empress consort from 1926 to 1989, becoming the longest-serving empress consort in the history of Japan. Kōjun performed her ceremonial duties and accompanied Emperor Shōwa on his foreign tours.

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Sophia of Prussia
(Princess of Prussia and Former Queen consort of the Hellenes (1913 - 1917))
Sophia of Prussia
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Birthdate: June 14, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Palace, Potsdam, Germany
Died: January 13, 1932
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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
( Queen of the United Kingdom From 1936 to 1952)
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
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Birthdate: August 4, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hitchin, London
Died: March 30, 2002
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, better known as The Queen Mother, was King George VI’s wife and the mother of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret. She ruled England as the Queen from 1936 to 1952, after which her daughter Elizabeth II took over. She was also the last empress of India.
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Ingrid of Sweden
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Birthdate: March 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Royal Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: November 7, 2000
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Frederica of Hanover
(German Princess and Former Queen Consort of the Hellenes (1947 - 1964))
Frederica of Hanover
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Birthdate: April 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blankenburg, Germany
Died: February 6, 1981
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Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
(First Child, Elder Daughter of King Juan Carlos I of Spain)
Infanta Elena, Duchess of Lugo
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Birthdate: December 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
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Carlota of Mexico
(Empress Consort of Mexico (1864 - 1867))
Carlota of Mexico
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Birthdate: June 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium
Died: January 19, 1927

Carlota of Mexico served as the Empress consort of Mexico from 10 April 1864 to 15 May 1867. Her husband Maximilian I of Mexico died at the age of 34 and their relationship has inspired many movies, plays, TV series, and novels.

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Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine
(German Princess Who Married Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich of Russia and Eventually Became a Nun)
Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine
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Birthdate: November 1, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bessungen, Darmstadt, Germany
Died: July 18, 1918
Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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Birthdate: November 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Anton Palace, Attard, Malta
Died: March 2, 1936
Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
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Birthdate: October 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lubsko, Poland
Died: April 11, 1921
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Eugénie de Montijo
(Empress of France)
Eugénie de Montijo
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Birthdate: May 5, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Granada, Spain
Died: July 11, 1920
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Queen Anne of Romania
(Wife of King Michael I of Romania, Who Later Became an Uncrowned Queen of Romania)
Queen Anne of Romania
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Birthdate: September 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 1, 2016
 37 
Suthida
(Queen)
Suthida
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Birthdate: June 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hat Yai, Songkla, Thailand
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Queen Mathilde of Belgium
(Queen Consort of the Belgians)
Queen Mathilde of Belgium
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Birthdate: January 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Uccle, Belgium
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Sirikit
(Queen)
Sirikit
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Birthdate: August 12, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, Thailand
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Isabella II of Spain
(Queen of Spain (1833 - 1868))
Isabella II of Spain
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Birthdate: October 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: April 9, 1904

Isabella II was the queen of Spain from 1833 until 1868. She took to the throne shortly before turning 3, according to a Pragmatic Sanction issued by her father before her birth. Her uncles’ resistance caused the Carlist Wars. Spain became a constitutional monarchy under her mother’s regency.

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Astrid of Sweden
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Birthdate: November 17, 1905
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 29, 1935
Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg
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Birthdate: January 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg
Died: July 9, 1985
Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt
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Birthdate: June 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballenstedt, Germany
Died: May 22, 1983
Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil
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Birthdate: July 29, 1846
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 14, 1921
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Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
(Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia)
Princess Stéphanie of Belgium
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Birthdate: May 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: August 23, 1945

Princess Stéphanie of Belgium became the Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia after her marriage to Crown Prince Rudolf, the son of Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I. Following the death of her husband and his mistress in a suicide-murder pact, she married a Hungarian nobleman.

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Hermine Reuss of Greiz
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Birthdate: December 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greiz, Principality of Reuss-Greiz, German Empire
Died: August 7, 1947
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Mantfombi Dlamini
(Queen consort of the Zulu nation from 1977 to 2021)
Mantfombi Dlamini
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Birthdate: February 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eswatini
Died: April 29, 2021
Princess Alexandrine of Baden
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Birthdate: December 6, 1820
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: December 20, 1904
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Yaa Asantewaa
(Queens Mother)
Yaa Asantewaa
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Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Besease
Died: October 17, 1920

The Queen Mother of the Ashanti Empire, or modern-day Ghana, Yaa Asantewaa is remembered for leading her country against the British in the War of the Golden Stool. The war began when a British representative sat on the Golden Stool, considered a sacred emblem of the Ashanti people.

Lady May Abel Smith
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Birthdate: January 23, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Claremont, Esher, Surrey
Died: May 29, 1994