Queens Regnant – Ranavalona I of Madagascar

The future Queen Ranavalona was born as Princess Ramavo in 1778 as the daughter of Prince Andriantsalamanjaka and Princess Rabodonandriantompo. She was married to King Andrianampoinimerina’s heir, Prince Radama, and he declared that any child from their union would be the first in the line of succession. She thus had an elevated rank among the royal wives but [read more]