British Empresses & Queens

Men may have held a dominant position in the world but don’t get prejudiced, for women are not far behind. Turn the pages of history and every country would have a long list of women who through their bravery and courage led the country towards advancement and progression. Britain has had one of the most affluent royal empires in the world till date. The country has been ruled by greatest monarchs and kings who steered it through the torrential times. Though ancient Britain too had female rulers, Matilda of England was considered as the first de factor female ruler of England, though she never consolidated her rule. Amongst the most famous empresses and queens of Britain include celebrated names like Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth I, Mary I of England, Anne of Great Britain and Queen Elizabeth II, the current and longest-reigning British head of state and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history. While it was under Queen Elizabeth I that the Elizabethan era flourished, Queen Victoria secured the establishment and expansion of Britain Empire by ten-folds. She was also known by the title Empress of India. The present Queen Elizabeth II has been one of the most magnetic women on the globe. Discover interesting facts about the life and works of some of the greatest British Empresses and queens.

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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
Birthdate: May 24, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: 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 Mary I of England

Mary I of England.
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Famous As: Queen of England and Ireland
Birthdate: February 18, 1516
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palace of Placentia
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’.

 5 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.

 6 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.

 7 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.

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 8 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.

 9 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

 10 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.

 11 Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville.
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Famous As: British Queen (1464-1483)
Birthdate: 1437 AD
Birthplace: Grafton Regis, United Kingdom
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.

 12 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.

 13 Alexandra of Denmark

Alexandra of Denmark.
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Famous As: Queen of Great Britain (1901-1910)
Birthdate: December 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yellow Mansion, 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.

 14 Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon.
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Famous As: Ambassador
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.

 15 Victoria, Princess Royal

Victoria, Princess Royal.
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Famous As: Empress of Germany
Birthdate: November 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buckingham Palace
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.

 16 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

 17 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

 18 Mary II of England

Mary II of England.
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Famous As: Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland
Birthdate: April 30, 1662
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St James's Palace
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.

 19 Empress Matilda

Empress Matilda.
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Famous As: Queen of Germany
Birthdate: February 7, 1102
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sutton Courtenay, United Kingdom
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.

 20 Catherine of Valois

Catherine of Valois.
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Famous As: Queen Consort of England
Birthdate: October 27, 1401
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 3, 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.

 21 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.

 22 Aethelflaed

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

 23 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.

 24 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

 25 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

 26 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

 27 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
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Famous As: Queen Consort of Great Britain and Ireland
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.

 28 Mary of Teck

Mary of Teck.
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Famous As: Queen consort of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: May 26, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kensington Palace, London
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.

 

 29 Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia

Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia
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Famous As: Electress
Birthdate: August 19, 1596
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace Buildings, Rosyth, Scotland
Died: February 13, 1662

 30 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

 31 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

 32 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

 33 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. 

 34 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

 35 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

 36 Matilda of Flanders

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

 37 Eleanor of Castile

Eleanor of Castile
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1241 AD
Birthplace: Burgos, Castile, Spain
Died: November 28, 1290

 38 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

 39 Emma of Normandy

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

 40 Katherine Swynford

Katherine Swynford
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Famous As: Duchess
Birthdate: November 25, 1350
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hainaut, Belgium
Died: May 10, 1403

 41 Mary of Modena

Mary of Modena
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: October 5, 1658
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ducal Palace, Modena, Italy
Died: May 7, 1718

 42 Isabella of Angouleme

Isabella of Angouleme
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1188 AD
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: June 4, 1246

 43 Joan of Kent

Joan of Kent
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Famous As: Countess of Kent
Birthdate: September 29, 1328
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Woodstock Palace, Oxfordshire, England
Died: August 7, 1385

 44 Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine

Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: July 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Palace, Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse, German Empire
Died: November 11, 1953

 45 Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile

Eleanor of England, Queen of Castile
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: October 13, 1161
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Domfront Castle, Normandy, France
Died: October 31, 1214

 46 Berengaria of Navarre

Berengaria of Navarre
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1165 AD
Birthplace: Pamplona, Spain
Died: December 23, 1230

 47 Wyndham Lewis

Wyndham Lewis
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Famous As: Painter, Writer, Journalist, Editor, Novelist
Birthdate: November 18, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amherst
Died: March 7, 1957

 48 Philippa of Lancaster

Philippa of Lancaster.
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Birthdate: March 31, 1359
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leicester Castle
Died: July 19, 1415

 49 Matilda of Scotland

Matilda of Scotland
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: 1080 AD
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Kingdom of Scotland
Died: May 1, 1118

 50 Princess Augusta of Great Britain

Princess Augusta of Great Britain
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Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: July 31, 1737
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St James's Palace, London
Died: March 23, 1813