Famous English Women In History

Throughout history, there have been many British women historical personalities who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female historical personalities such as Queen Victoria, Elizabeth I of England, Mary I of England, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Anne Boleyn.

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 1 Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II
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Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: April 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England

The Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, Queen Elizabeth II is the world's oldest living monarch and longest-reigning current monarch. The first child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother , she ascended to the throne in 1952. Despite the press criticism of the royal family, she continues to be a popular figure in UK.

 2 Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria
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Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1837-1901)
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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 3 Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn
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Famous As: Marquess of Pembroke
Birthdate: June 30, 1501
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hever Castle, Kent, England
Died: May 19, 1536

The queen of England from 1533 to 1536, Anne Boleyn played an important role in the political and religious upheaval that led to the beginning of the English Reformation. She is widely regarded as the most important and influential queen consort of England. She was charged with adultery, incest, and treason and was executed by beheading in 1536.

 4 Elizabeth I of England

Elizabeth I of England
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Famous As: Queen of England
Birthdate: September 7, 1533
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palace of Placentia
Died: March 24, 1603
Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, ruled as the Queen of England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603. She had been declared illegitimate after her mother’s execution. Nicknamed The Virgin Queen for her unmarried status, she established an English Protestant church and served as its governor.
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 5 Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon
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Famous As: Queen of England (1509-1533)
Birthdate: December 16, 1485
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Archbishop's Palace of Alcalá de Henares, Alcala de Henares, Spain
Died: January 7, 1536

Catherine of Aragon was one of the most popular English royal consorts of all time. A patron of Renaissance humanism, she gained widespread admiration for starting a program for the relief of the poor. A woman who was ahead of her time, Catherine commissioned The Education of a Christian Woman, a controversial book promoting women's right to education.

 6 Mary I of England

Mary I of England
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Famous As: Queen of England
Birthdate: February 18, 1516
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palace of Placentia, England
Died: November 17, 1558

Mary I, the queen of England from 1553-1558, is remembered as the ruler who sought to return England to the Catholic Church. She persecuted many Protestants and got nearly 300 of them burned at the stake. Most of them were common citizens. Many also died in prison and hundreds fled the country. This earned her the ignominious nickname ‘Bloody Mary’.

 7 Anne, Queen of Great Britain

Anne, Queen of Great Britain
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Famous As: Queen of Britan
Birthdate: February 6, 1665
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St James's Palace, Westminster, England
Died: August 1, 1714

Many biographers consider Anne, the Queen of Great Britain, a weak and irresolute woman. It is said that she lacked political astuteness and was easily influenced by others. Though she was troubled by poor health throughout her life, she became increasingly obese and ill during her 30s and eventually died at the age of 49.

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 8 Boudica

Boudica
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Famous As: Queen of the Iceni Tribe
Birthdate: 0030 AD
Birthplace: Britannia
Died: 0061 AD

Boudica served as a queen of the Iceni tribe. She is regarded as a British folk hero for leading an uprising against the Roman Empire, which wanted to conquer her land. She has remained a prominent cultural symbol in the UK. A bronze statue named Boadicea and Her Daughters is located in London, facing the Palace of Westminster.

 9 Eleanor of Aquitaine

Eleanor of Aquitaine
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Famous As: Queen of France (1137-1152)
Birthdate: 1122 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: April 1, 1204
Eleanor, the duchess of Aquitaine, became the queen of France after marrying King Louis VII. Their marriage was annulled later. She then married the Duke of Normandy, who became King Henry II of England. Eleanor was imprisoned for supporting a revolt against Henry, and was freed after his death.

 10 Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey
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Famous As: Monarch
Birthdate: 1537 AD
Birthplace: Leicestershire
Died: February 12, 1554
Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Days' Queen, was the Queen of England and Ireland from July 10 to 19, 1553. Jane, a Protestant, was nominated to the Crown, owing to Roman Catholic Mary’s opposition to the Reformed Church of England. However, Jane was deposed, convicted of high treason, and executed.

 11 Catherine Howard

Catherine Howard
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Famous As: Queen of England from (1540-1541)
Birthdate: 1523 AD
Birthplace: Lambeth, London
Died: February 13, 1542
Catherine Howard, England’s queen consort from 1540 until 1541, was Henry VIII’s fifth wife. She was a cousin of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. In November 1541, Catherine was stripped of the queen’s title and imprisoned. She was later beheaded on charges of adultery with her cousin Thomas Culpeper.

 12 Anne of Cleves

Anne of Cleves
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Famous As: Former Queen of England
Birthdate: September 22, 1515
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Duchy of Berg, Holy Roman Empire
Died: July 16, 1557

Anne of Cleves was the Queen of England for 6 months in 1540, as the fourth wife of King Henry VIII. Their unconsummated marriage deprived led to the annulment of the marriage, following which she received a settlement and came to be known as the King's Beloved Sister.

 13 Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr
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Famous As: Queen of England & Ireland
Birthdate: July 31, 1512
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
Died: September 7, 1548
Catherine Parr, the most-married English queen, was the queen of England and Ireland from 1543 to 1547, as the last wife of King Henry VIII. She influenced the passing of the 1543 Third Succession Act. She was also the first English queen to publish a book using her own name.

 14 Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York
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Famous As: Queen Consort of England
Birthdate: February 11, 1466
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westminster Palace, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: February 11, 1503
Elizabeth of York, daughter of King Edward IV and wife of Henry VII of the Tudor Dynasty, was the queen consort of England from 1486 until 1503. She and Henry got married after Henry won at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1486, thus ending the Wars of the Roses

 15 Henry II of England

Henry II of England
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Famous As: King of England (1154-1189)
Birthdate: March 5, 1133
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Mans, France
Died: July 6, 1189

Henry II of England reigned as the king of England from 1154 to 1189. During his long rule, Henry introduced many changes that had severe long-term consequences. Some of his legal changes are believed to have laid the foundation for English Common Law. Henry is often portrayed in films and plays; he has been played by actors like Peter O'Toole.

 16 Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville
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Famous As: Queen of England (1464-1483)
Birthdate: February 3, 1437
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grafton Regis, England
Died: June 8, 1492

Elizabeth Woodville was the queen of England from 1464 until her husband King Edward IV's death in 1483. Elizabeth Woodville remained politically influential even after the demise of her husband. She also played a major role in Henry VII's accession to the throne in 1485. Her life and work have inspired several books, films, and TV series.

 17 Alexandra of Denmark

Alexandra of Denmark
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Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom (1901-1910)
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.

 18 Victoria, Princess Royal

Victoria, Princess Royal
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Famous As: German Empress and Queen of Prussia (1888)
Birthdate: November 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 5, 1901

Victoria, Princess Royal was the Queen of Prussia and German Empress from 9 March 1888 to 15 June 1888. Victoria, Princess Royal had an opportunity to influence the German Empire's policy, but the death of her husband German Emperor Frederick III, just 99 days after his accession, ruined her opportunity. Victoria has been portrayed in several movies and TV series.

 19 Mary Tudor, Queen of France

Mary Tudor, Queen of France
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: March 18, 1496
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sheen Palace, London, England
Died: June 25, 1533

 20 Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva
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Famous As: 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman
Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Mercia
Died: 1067 AD

Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, Earl of Mercia. A 13th-century legend stated how she rode naked through Coventry to reverse an oppressive tax imposed by Leofric. Everybody stayed indoors, except a tailor named Thomas, who watched her, giving rise to the name Peeping Tom associated with voyeurs.

 21 Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy

Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: December 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Belgrave Square, England

 22 Mary II of England

Mary II of England
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Famous As: Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland (1689-1694)
Birthdate: April 30, 1662
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 28, 1694

Mary II of England was Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland from 1689 to 1694. Although she co-reigned along with her husband William III of England, she also took major decisions by herself whenever William was abroad. Mary has been portrayed in films, such as Orlando and England, My England.

 23 Empress Matilda

Empress Matilda
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Famous As: Holy Roman Empress (1114-1125)
Birthdate: February 7, 1102
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sutton Courtenay, England
Died: September 10, 1167

Empress Matilda was the daughter of King Henry I of England and one of the claimants to the throne of England during the 'Anarchy'. Her participation in the civil war and tales of bravery have been the subject of historical fiction. She has also been depicted in films, stage shows, and TV series.

 24 Isabella of France

Isabella of France
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Famous As: Queen of England (1308-1327)
Birthdate: 1295 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 22, 1358

Isabella of France, also known as the She-Wolf of France, was the Queen of England as the wife of King Edward II. She was known for her diplomatic skills, intelligence, and beauty. Her marriage was a troubled one and she probably had an affair with Roger Mortimer. It is believed that Isabella then arranged the murder of Edward II.

 25 Catherine of Valois

Catherine of Valois
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Famous As: Queen Consort of England (1420-1422)
Birthdate: October 27, 1401
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 2, 1437
Catherine of Valois, daughter of Charles VI of France, was the queen of England from 1420 to 1422, as the wife of Henry V of England. Her marriage to Henry V was supposed to be a political stance to end the Hundred Years' War, but it was not successful.

 26 Mary Boleyn

Mary Boleyn
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Famous As: Mistress of Henry VIII
Birthdate: 1499 AD
Birthplace: Blickling Hall, Blickling, United Kingdom
Died: July 19, 1543

Mary Boleyn was the sister of Anne Boleyn. As a sibling of the English queen consort, Boleyn enjoyed considerable influence during King Henry VIII's reign. Also known for her affairs with Henry VIII and King Francis I of France, Boleyn has been the subject of films, such as The Other Boleyn Girl in which she was portrayed by Scarlett Johansson.

 27 Anne Neville

Anne Neville
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Famous As: Queen of England
Birthdate: June 11, 1456
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England
Died: March 16, 1485
Anne Neville was the younger daughter of Richard Neville. She was the Princess of Wales as the wife of Edward of Westminster and the Queen of England, as the wife of King Richard III. Her marriage to Edward was a political alliance to end the Wars of the Roses.

 28 Lady Margaret Beaufort

Lady Margaret Beaufort
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Famous As: Mother of King Henry VII
Birthdate: May 31, 1443
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 29, 1509
Lady Margaret Beaufort, descendant of King Edward III, was a significant figure during the Wars of the Roses. She laid the foundation of the Tudor Dynasty by helping her son, Henry Tudor, acquire the English throne. She also established the Cambridge institutes Christ's College and St. John's College

 29 Aethelflaed

Aethelflaed
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Famous As: Anglo-Saxon ruler
Birthdate: 0869 AD
Birthplace: Wessex
Died: June 12, 0918

 30 Mary of Teck

Mary of Teck
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Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions (1910-1936)
Birthdate: May 26, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 24, 1953

The queen consort of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions from 1910 to 1936, Mary of Teck was the wife of King George V. She supported her husband through the First World War and in the aftermath of the war. She became the queen mother after her son ascended to the throne. She died in 1953.

 

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 31 Maud of Wales

Maud of Wales
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Famous As: Queen of Norway
Birthdate: November 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marlborough House
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.

 32 Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg

Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: October 24, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Balmoral Castle, Scotland
Died: April 15, 1969

 33 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
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Famous As: Queen Consort of Great Britain and Ireland (1761-1818)
Birthdate: May 19, 1744
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mirow, Germany
Died: November 17, 1818
Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III, reigned as the queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1761 to 1818, and her reign saw the two kingdoms unite into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. An amateur art lover and botanist, she also expanded the Kew Gardens.

 34 Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham

Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham
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Famous As: Courtier
Birthdate: 1670 AD
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: December 6, 1734

 35 Anne of Denmark

Anne of Denmark
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Famous As: Queen of England and Ireland (1603-1619)
Birthdate: December 12, 1574
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Skanderborg, Denmark
Died: March 2, 1619

Often described as a "dumb blonde," Anne of Denmark, who became the queen of Scotland, England, and Ireland, through her marriage to King James VI and I, was an art connoisseur known for attending extravagant masques. She probably also converted to Catholicism later, going against James’s anti-Catholic stance.

 36 Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge

Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: November 27, 1833
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: October 27, 1897

 37 Caroline of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Caroline of Brunswick-Lüneburg
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Famous As: Queen of United Kingdom
Birthdate: May 17, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Braunschweig
Died: August 7, 1821

 38 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
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Famous As: The Duchess of Cambridge
Birthdate: January 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, England

Catherine “Kate” Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge after her marriage to Prince William in 2011. Associated with countless charities, Kate and William started a mental-health campaign named Heads Together. Kate also gave rise to the “Kate Middleton effect" in the fashion world and was named to Time 100.

 39 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
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Famous As: British Queen
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.

 40 Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough

Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough
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Famous As: Close Friend of Queen Anne
Birthdate: June 5, 1660
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St Albans, Hertfordshire, Kingdom of England
Died: October 18, 1744

 41 Caroline Matilda of Great Britain

Caroline Matilda of Great Britain
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: July 22, 1751
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 10, 1775

 42 Gayatri Devi

Gayatri Devi
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: May 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 29, 2009

 43 Saint Margaret of Scotland

Saint Margaret of Scotland
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Famous As: English princess
Birthdate: 1045 AD
Birthplace: Hungary
Died: November 16, 1093

 44 Marie-Chantal Claire

Marie-Chantal Claire
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Famous As: Crown Princess of Greece
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Marie-Chantal Claire is the wife of Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece. Her parents-in-law are Constantine II of Greece and Anne-Marie of Denmark. Her husband is the heir apparent to the now-defunct throne of Greece. The daughter of a prominent businessman, she married Pavlos in 1995. She is the founder of Marie-Chantal, an international childrenswear brand. 

 45 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen

Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: August 13, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Meiningen, Germany
Died: December 2, 1849

 46 Margaret of York

Margaret of York
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 3, 1446
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: November 23, 1503

 47 Matilda of Flanders

Matilda of Flanders
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1031 AD
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Died: November 2, 1083

 48 Caroline of Ansbach

Caroline of Ansbach
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Famous As: Queen of Great Britain and Ireland (1727-1737)
Birthdate: March 1, 1683
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ansbach, Germany
Died: November 20, 1737

The wife of King George II, Caroline of Ansbach served as the queen consort of Great Britain and Ireland from 1727 until her death in 1737. She also became the electress consort of Hanover upon George II's accession in 1727. Caroline is credited with bolstering the House of Hanover's place during a difficult period of political instability in Britain.

 49 Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: November 4, 1631
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 24, 1660

 50 Emma of Normandy

Emma of Normandy
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 0984 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: March 6, 1052