One of the most fascinating characters from the Star Wars prequels is Padmé Amidala. When she first appears on the screen, she's a strange and beautiful Queen of Naboo, but a lot is going on that the viewer doesn't realize. With her handmaidens always at her side, Padmé had plenty of secrets that would be revealed when the time was right. Padmé and her handmaidens are certainly some of the most interesting characters from the prequels, but there isn't a lot known about them.
In the third act of The Phantom Menace, it is revealed that Padmé was working undercover as one of her own handmaidens, but that's not the only secret the Queen was hiding. With the help of Sabé, her closest handmaiden, Padmé managed to trick everyone in the Star Wars universe while also managing to fool the audience that watched things unfold on the silver screen.
Despite Star Wars being one of the most exciting and impressive franchises of all time, there's still a lot the general fanbase doesn't know about the Padmé or her handmaidens. This list takes a look at the lore from as many sources as possible to uncover the things you didn't know about Padmé and her handmaidens. Check them out below, and be sure to upvote anything you didn't already know about one of Star Wars' most enigmatic groups!
Padmé Was Elected To The Office Of Queen At Age 14Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox
Politics on Naboo are a bit different than what happens here on Earth. Becoming a politician isn't something that a person decides overnight. Instead, they are raised for that purpose, and because of this, they can enter into political service at an early age. This was true of Padmé, who became the Queen of Naboo at the age of 14, though she wasn't the youngest to do so as she explained in Attack of the Clones:
I wasn't the youngest queen ever elected. But now that I think back on it, I'm not sure I was old enough. I'm not sure I was ready.
Her journey to office began at the age of eight when she entered into the Apprentice Legislature. She learned the ins and outs of galactic politics, and before long, she was a junior senatorial advisor. Following this position, she attended the Royal Academy of Theed, where she learned how to govern. When she was 12, she entered the Legislative Youth Program. She remained for two years before beginning and ultimately winning her campaign to become the Queen of Naboo at 14.Interesting fact?
As Queen, Padmé Developed A Specific Voice Her Handmaidens And Body Doubles Could Mimic
On Naboo, it is customary for a Queen to have one or more handmaidens in her retinue, and when Padmé ascended to the throne, she continued the practice. She decided to have more than one in her employ, and by the time she first appears in The Phantom Menace, she has several working for her. Handmaidens aren't merely servants to the Queen, and instead, they act as aids, advisors, bodyguards, and body doubles.
Her first handmaiden, Tsabin, met the Queen shortly after she was elected. At that time, she explained that she was working on her public persona as Queen, which Tsabin vowed to mimic. From there, all of her handmaidens adopted the same vocal mannerisms as their Queen so that they could be used as body doubles should the need arise. This practice extended beyond her vocalizations, and each handmaiden managed to adopt the same mannerisms as their Queen.Interesting fact?
Padmé Took The Name “Amidala” While Campaigning To Maintain Anonymity
Padmé was born in 46 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) during the height of the Republic, but she wasn't called "Amidala" at birth. She was born to the Naberrie family to her parents Ruwee and Jobal. The Naberrie family was a modest one, but Padmé's parents recognized greatness in their daughter at an early age. They helped guide her towards public service and helped her to devote her life to civic duty.
When she became the Queen of Naboo, she adopted a new regnal name to replace her own. Padmé Amidala began her career as Queen in 32 BBY, and from that point forward, she no longer went by her birth surname. This practice continued when she became the Senator of Naboo once her reign as Queen came to an end, and there's no mention of her attachment to the Naberrie family for the remainder of her life.Interesting fact?
As Queen, Padmé’s Dresses Were Oversized To Conceal Weapons, Shields, And Listening DevicesPhoto: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox
Some of the best costumes from the prequel trilogy were those worn by Padmé when she held the office of Queen of Naboo. Her clothes were ornamental and oversized, but this wasn't solely a style choice. Padmé wasn't the type of leader who was blind to the threats made on her life, so she wore clothes to mitigate the risk, which means things like weapons were often concealed in her clothing, while her jewelry would contain concealed recording devices. Additionally, most fabrics used in the Queen's wardrobe were treated with a blaster-resistant resin.
Padmé's handmaidens copied their Queen's clothing in this manner. They all wore large billowing cloaks designed to mask their identities while simultaneously hiding their concealed weapons. A handmaiden could carry a firearm, a personal shield, a listening device, or any small device the Queen might need for her various machinations or protection. Another reason for the similar clothing was that Padmé would often hide as one of her own handmaidens while one pretended to be the Queen.Interesting fact?