Queens Regnant – Ranavalona II of Madagascar

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 – Rasoherina of Madagascar

Rasoherina was born in 1814 as the daughter of Prince Andriantsalamanandriana and Princess Rafaramanjaka. She married Raharolahy, a statesman when she was young, but they divorced in 1847. That same year, she remarried to Rakoto, the future King Radama II. He succeeded his mother in 1861, and she was crowned as his Queen consort. Just two years later, [read more]

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Catherine of Navarre

Queens Regnant – Catherine of Navarre

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]


Queens Regnant – Shajar al-Durr

Shajar al-Durr was born at an unknown date. She was of Turkish origin and was purchased as a slave by the future Sultan of Egypt As-Salih Ayyub. They had a son named Khalil and they married shortly after his birth. The child probably did not live long. In April 1249, her husband became seriously ill [read more]

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Isabel Maria of Portugal

Queens Regnant – Maria II of Portugal

The future Maria II of Portugal was born on 4 April 1819 as the daughter of Pedro I of Brazil and IV of Portugal and Maria Leopoldina of Austria. She was the eldest of 7 siblings and one half-sibling. She also had six illegitimate half-siblings. Her grandfather, King John VI died in March VI, and his death sparked a [read more]