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Famous Female Monarchs

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List of famous female monarchs, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female monarchs list contains the most prominent and top females known for being monarchs. There are thousand of females working as monarchs in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic monarchs have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a monarch then the people below should give you inspiration.

People include everyone from Margrethe II of Denmark to Violant of Hungary.

While this isn't a list of all female monarchs, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female monarchs?" and "Who are the best female monarchs?"
  • Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Monarchs
    Photo: Joel Rouse / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Elizabeth II (born 21 April 1926) is Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.Elizabeth was born in London as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, and she was educated privately at home. Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in 1936, from which time she was the heir presumptive. She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, serving in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, she married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, with whom she has four children: Charles, Prince of Wales; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, England

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  • Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Monarchs
    Photo: Alessandro Bassano / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain
    Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. On 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. Known as the Victorian era, her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both the Duke and the King died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 82 (1819-1901)
    • Birthplace: Kensington Palace, London, United Kingdom

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  • Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands (Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard, Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbeːjaːtrɪks ˌʋɪlɦɛlˈminaː ˈʔɑrmɡɑrt] (listen); born 31 January 1938) is a member of the Dutch Royal House who reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 30 April 1980 until her abdication on 30 April 2013. Beatrix is the eldest daughter of Queen Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Upon her mother's accession in 1948, she became heir presumptive. Beatrix attended a public primary school in Canada during World War II, and then finished her primary and secondary education in the Netherlands in the post-war period. In 1961, she received her law degree from Leiden University. In 1966,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 82
    • Birthplace: Baarn, Netherlands
  • Catherine II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Monarchs
    Photo: Fyodor Rokotov / Public Domain
    Catherine II (Russian: Екатери́на Алексе́евна, romanized: Yekaterina Alekseyevna; 2 May [O.S. 21 April] 1729 – 17 November [O.S. 6 November] 1796), also known as Catherine the Great (Екатери́на Вели́кая, Yekaterina Velikaya), born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, was Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country's longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d'état that she organised—resulting in her husband, Peter III, being overthrown. Under her reign, Russia was revitalised; it grew larger and stronger and was recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. In her accession to power and her rule of the empire, Catherine often relied on her noble favourites,... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 67 (1729-1796)
    • Birthplace: Szczecin, Poland

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