Famous French Empresses & Queens

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Marie Antoinette
(Queen of France (1774-1792))

Marie Antoinette
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Birthdate: November 2, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: October 16, 1793
The last queen of France before the French Revolution started, Marie Antoinette was married to Louis XVI of France and came to be linked with everything that was wrong with the French monarchy including ignorance and extravagance. Her policies aggravated unrest that eventually led to the abolishment of the monarchy and finally the execution of both king and queen.

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Catherine de' Medici
(Queen of France (1547-1559))

Catherine de' Medici
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Birthdate: April 13, 1519
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 5, 1589

Catherine de' Medici was an Italian noblewoman who played a key role in the political affairs of France during the rule of her sons, a period which came to be known as the age of Catherine de' Medici. Catherine is credited with saving the monarchy from deposition during the French Wars of Religion

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Eleanor of Aquitaine
(Queen of France (1137-1152))

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

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Maria Theresa of Spain
(Queen of France and Navarre (1660-1683))

Maria Theresa of Spain
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Birthdate: September 10, 1638
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lorenzo de El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain
Died: July 30, 1683
Maria Theresa of Spain was the queen consort of France from 1660 to 1683, as the wife of Louis XIV of France. She lost five of her six children early and was also often ignored by the court. She died due to a wound on her arm at age 44.

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Catherine of Valois
(Queen Consort of England (1420-1422))

Catherine of Valois
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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.

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Isabella of France
(Queen of England (1308-1327))

Isabella of France
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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.

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Mary of Guise
(Queen consort of Scotland (1538-42))

Mary of Guise
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Birthdate: November 22, 1515
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bar-le-Duc, France
Died: June 11, 1560
Mary of Guise, or Mary of Lorraine, was the regent of Scotland from 1554 until her death in 1542. She was the wife of King James V of Scotland and the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. Her main objective was to maintain healthy ties between France and Scotland.

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Marie de' Medici
(Queen of France and Navarre (1600-10))

Marie de' Medici
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Birthdate: April 26, 1575
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: July 3, 1642
Queen Marie de Médicis, the second wife of Henry IV of France, acted as the regent for her son till he came of age. An art connoisseur, she built the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. Known for her affinity for Concino Concini, she was eventually exiled for her excesses. 

Marie Thérèse of France
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Birthdate: December 19, 1778
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: October 19, 1851

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Margaret of Valois
(Queen consort of Navarre (1572-1599), Queen consort of France (1589-1599))

Margaret of Valois
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Birthdate: May 14, 1553
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: March 27, 1615
Margaret of Valois, queen of Navarre and France, is remembered for her historically significant Memoirs, which throws light on major events such as the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. She did not allow her husband, Henry III, to annul their childless marriage till the death of Henry’s mistress.

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Elisabeth of Valois
(Queen of Spain)

Elisabeth of Valois
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Birthdate: April 2, 1545
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fontainebleau, France
Died: October 3, 1568

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Joséphine de Beauharnais
(Empress of the French)

Joséphine de Beauharnais
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Birthdate: June 23, 1763
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique
Died: May 29, 1814
Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais spent her initial years in poverty and was shunned by her first husband for her lack of manners. She eventually learned the ways and means of the Parisian high society and married a young Napoleon Bonaparte. She survived a rocky marriage but enjoyed a lavish lifestyle.

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Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma
(Empress Consort of the French)

Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma
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Birthdate: December 12, 1791
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 17, 1847

Marie Louise was an Austrian archduchess who reigned as Duchess of Parma from 1814 until her death. The eldest child of Emperor Francis II of Austria and his second wife, Maria Theresa, she grew up during a tumultuous period in the history of Austria. She was married to Napoleon I from 1810 to 1821. She died of pleurisy in 1847.  

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Joan I of Navarre
(Queen of Navarre (1274-1305))

Joan I of Navarre
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Birthdate: January 14, 1273
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bar-sur-Seine, France
Died: April 2, 1305

Joan I of Navarre was the queen of Navarre from 1274 until her death in 1305, at the age of 32. She also became the queen consort of France in 1285 as she had married Philip IV of France who became King Philip IV on 5 October 1285. Joan is credited with founding the College of Navarre in 1305.

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Claude of France
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Birthdate: October 13, 1499
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Romorantin-Lanthenay
Died: July 20, 1524

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Claude of France
(French Princess)

Claude of France
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Birthdate: November 12, 1547
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fontainebleau, France
Died: February 21, 1575

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Henrietta Maria of France
(Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland)

Henrietta Maria of France
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Birthdate: November 25, 1609
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palais du Louvre, Paris, France
Died: September 10, 1669

Daughter of Henry IV of France, Henrietta Maria, or Queen Mary, ruled England, Scotland, and Ireland as the queen after marrying King Charles I. Her open allegiance to Roman Catholicism prevented her from getting a formal coronation. She died of an overdose of laudanum to cure her of bronchitis.

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Anne of Austria
(Queen of France (1615-1643))

Anne of Austria
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Birthdate: September 22, 1601
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: January 20, 1666

Spanish princess Anne of Austria was also an archduchess of the House of Habsburg. She later became the queen of France, as King Louis XIII’s wife, and also ruled as the regent for her son, Louis XIV. She is one of main characters in The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

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Marie Leszczyńska
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Birthdate: June 23, 1703
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trzebnica, Poland
Died: June 24, 1768

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Gisela of France
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Birthdate: 0911 AD
Birthplace: France

Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine
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Birthdate: May 27, 1652
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heidelberg Castle, Heidelberg, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire
Died: December 8, 1722

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Judith of Flanders
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Birthdate: 0844 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: 0870 AD

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Sophie of France
(Princess of France)

Sophie of France
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Birthdate: July 9, 1786
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: June 19, 1787

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

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Philippa Of Hainaut
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Birthdate: June 24, 1313
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valenciennes, France
Died: August 15, 1369

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Yolande de Polastron
(Duchess of Polignac)

Yolande de Polastron
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Birthdate: September 8, 1749
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 9, 1793

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Eleanor of Provence
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Birthdate: 1223 AD
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France
Died: June 26, 1291

Hortense de Beauharnais
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Birthdate: April 10, 1783
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 5, 1837

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Isabeau of Bavaria
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Birthdate: 1370 AD
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: September 24, 1435

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Anne of Brittany
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Birthdate: January 25, 1477
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nantes, France
Died: January 9, 1514

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Blanche of Castile
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Birthdate: March 4, 1188
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palencia, Spain
Died: November 27, 1252

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Isabella of Valois
(Queen of England)

Isabella of Valois
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Birthdate: November 9, 1389
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 13, 1409

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Eleanor of Austria
(Queen consort)

Eleanor of Austria
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Birthdate: November 15, 1498
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leuven, Belgium
Died: February 25, 1558

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Anne Marie DOrleans
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Birthdate: August 27, 1669
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Château de Saint-Cloud, France
Died: August 26, 1728

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Caroline Bonaparte
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Birthdate: March 25, 1782
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: May 18, 1839

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Madeleine of Valois
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Birthdate: August 10, 1520
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, just out of Paris, France
Died: July 7, 1537

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Adela of Normandy
(Daughter of William I the Conqueror)

Adela of Normandy
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Birthdate: 1067 AD
Birthplace: Normandy, France
Died: March 8, 1137

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Jeanne d'Albret
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Birthdate: November 16, 1528
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: June 9, 1572

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Elisabeth of France
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Birthdate: November 22, 1602
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fontainebleau, France
Died: October 6, 1644

Marie-Amélie de Bourbon
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Birthdate: April 26, 1782
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Caserta Palace, Naples, Italy
Died: March 24, 1866

The wife of French king Louis Philippe I, Marie-Amélie de Bourbon was the last queen of France. Least interested in politics, she spent most of her life raising her 8 children. She also shunned public life for fear of a new revolution after Louis Philippe became the king following the July Revolution.

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Joan II of Navarre
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Birthdate: January 28, 1312
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charenton-le-Pont, France
Died: October 6, 1349

Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France
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Birthdate: 1290 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: April 30, 1315

Joan of England, Queen of Sicily
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Birthdate: 1290 AD, 1165
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Château d'Angers, Angers, France
Died: September 4, 1199

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Bertrada of Laon
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Laon
Died: June 12, 0783

Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans
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Birthdate: September 13, 1676
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Château de Saint-Cloud, Saint-Cloud, France
Died: December 23, 1744

Margaret of France, Queen of England
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Birthdate: 1279 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 14, 1318

Joan of France, Duchess of Berry
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Birthdate: April 23, 1464
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-le-Roi, France
Died: February 4, 1505

Louise Elisabeth of France
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Birthdate: August 14, 1727
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: December 6, 1759

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Louise of Lorraine
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Birthdate: April 30, 1553
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nomeny, France
Died: January 29, 1601