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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
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Elizabeth II is the Queen of 16 of the 53 member states in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Upon her accession on 6 February 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon. Her coronation the following year was the first to be televised. From 1956 to 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence and some realms became republics. Today, in addition to the first four of the aforementioned countries, Elizabeth is Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the ...more

Age: 91

Birthplace: Mayfair, London, London, England

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Queen Victoria is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Monarchs
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Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India. Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both the Duke of Kent and King George III died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her German-born mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no legitimate, surviving children. The United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign held ...more

Age: Died at 82 (1819-1901)

Birthplace: Kensington Palace, London, United Kingdom

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Beatrix of the Netherlands is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Monarchs
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Princess Beatrix reigned as Queen of the Netherlands from 1980 until her abdication in 2013. Princess 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. When her mother abdicated on 30 April 1980, Beatrix succeeded her as Queen. She 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, Beatrix married Claus von Amsberg, a German diplomat, with whom she had three children: Willem-Alexander, King of the ...more

Age: 80

Birthplace: Baarn, Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Catherine II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Monarchs
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Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July [O.S. 28 June] 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Her reign was called Russia's golden age. She was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'├ętat and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. In both her accession to power and in rule of her empire, ...more

Age: Died at 67 (1729-1796)

Birthplace: Szczecin, Poland

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