Queens Regnant: Ranavalona III of Madagascar

July 14, 2017 Moniek 0

The future Ranavalona III of Madagascar was born as Princess Razafindrahety as the daughter of  Andriantsimianatra and his wife, Princess Raketaka on 22 November 1861. When she was older, she was taken into the custody of her aunt, Queen Ranavalona II, who made sure that Razafindrahety was given a private education. At an unknown date, she married [read more]

Queens Regnant: Ranavalona II of Madagascar

July 6, 2017 Moniek 0

Princess Ramoma was born in 1829 as the daughter of Prince Razakaratrimo and his wife, Princess Rafarasoa Ramasindrazana. Like her cousin, Rasoherina, she was married to King Radama II, and she was widowed when he was assassinated in 1863. They had no children. Rasoherina succeeded Radama II as Queen of Madagascar, and she married Prime Minister Rainivoninahitriniony, [read more]

Queens Regnant: Ranavalona I of Madagascar

June 2, 2017 Moniek 0

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 was [read more]

Queens Regnant: Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba

January 27, 2017 Moniek 0

Nzinga was born around 1580 as the daughter of King Ngola Kiluanji Kia Samba and Kangela. The Ndongo Kingdom in Angola was conquered by the Portuguese in 1618. She had wished to become ruler of her tribe early, but her brother was made ngola (ruler) in the early 1620s. He must have thought something of her [read more]

Queens Regnant: Catherine of Navarre

January 26, 2017 Moniek 0

Catherine was born in 1468 as the daughter of Gaston of Foix, Prince of Viana, and Magdalena of Valois. Her father was the son of Queen Eleanor of Navarre, but he died before her and thus never became King. Instead upon the death of Queen Eleanor her elder brother Francis succeeded as King of Navarre. He [read more]

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