List of famous empresses & queens with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

An empress is commonly defined as the female equivalent of an emperor, an emperor's wife (empress consort). The tile of being an empress could also be referred to the emperor’s mother (empress dowager), or a woman who rules in her own right (empress regnant). An empress consort usually shares her husband’s rank and holds the feminine equivalent of the king’s monarchical titles while an empress regnant is a queen in her own right with all the powers of a monarch, usually becoming empress by inheriting the throne on the death of the previous monarch. Quite similar to the description of an empress, queens are the female equivalent of kings. Both are considered to be monarchs, the only difference being is that the emperor and empress are considered to be the higher monarchical titles than king and queen. A monarch is the sovereign head of state, officially outranking all other individuals in the realm. An empress or queen may exercise the most and highest authority in the state independently or along with their husbands.. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous empresses and queens from all over the world.

Cleopatra Cleopatra
Egyptian, Greek

Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette
Austrian, French

Anne of Cleves Anne of Cleves
German, British

Boudica Boudica
British

Neferneferuaten Nefertiti Nefertiti
Egyptian

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Esther Esther
Iranian

Wu Zetian Wu Zetian
Chinese

Empress Matilda Empress Matilda
German, British
Hatshepsut Hatshepsut
Egyptian

Anne of Austria Anne of Austria
Spanish, French

Anne of Denmark Anne of Denmark
Danish, British

Maud of Wales Maud of Wales
Norwegian, British

Tarabai Tarabai
Indian

Yaa Asantewaa Yaa Asantewaa
Central African, Ghanaian

Jetsun Pema Jetsun Pema
Bhutanese
Theodora Theodora
Turkish