In the entire history of the world, there were a lot of queens who managed to become famous not only in their kingdoms, but also in some others. There were those who sincerely did their duties as good wives to the kings, and there were also those who became extremely controversial because of their own doings. In relation to this, here are 10 queens in the history who did surprising things that may stir the interests within you:
10. Wu Zetian
Wu Zetian was the very first and the only female emperor ever listed in the entire history of China. She was determined enough to be the most powerful person in China. What she did was she seduced her step-son who also happened to be the emperor that she became his second wife. She killed some of her children and put the blame to the first wife, and deceived the entire nation until she acquired the highest imperial position.
9. Artemisia I
Artemisia I was a Greek queen, particularly in the Kingdom of Caria in the city of Halicarnassus. She unreluctantly helped Xerxes, whom was the King of Persia, in conquering the entire Greece. She betrayed her own kingdom and the entire nation of Greece to the enemies by providing them 5 ships from Caria that carried great numbers of Persian army who crushed the entire Greek army.
8. Catherine The Great
The Golden Age of Russia was said to be started during the reign of Catherine The Great. She was the Queen of Russia since 1762 to 1796. She was the beautiful wife of King Peter II. They were actually both Germans. Her husband used Russia for the benefit of the Kingdom of Prussia in Germany. However, she loved Russia so much that he betrayed her own husband and plotted his downfall.
Queen Hatshepsut was amongst those people who really made the world history very interesting. She was the Queen of Egypt who eventually became the King of Egypt. She served as the Egypt’s king for 22 straight years. It was from 1479 B.C. up to 1458 B.C. She literally dressed like a true man and a king, deceiving the entire world. She took over the position after killing her own son, who was the King of Egypt at that time.
Tomyris was the Queen of the Massagetae Kingdom way back in 530 B.C. One day, Cyrus The Great came to her kingdom and attempted to conquer it. He used some dirty tricks to kidnap her son. Because of that, Tomyris’ son committed suicide due to extreme humiliation. Queen Tomyris then invited Cyrus The Great for a second battle that she managed to crush his entire army and even Cyrus The Great himself. She even made his skull as her own drinking cup.
Boudicca was the Queen of Iceni Tribe in the Roman Britain. When her husband died, she continued the legacy left by the king and wanted to become an ally of the Romans just like her husband. Nevertheless, the Romans didn’t accept any woman to become an ally. What’s worse was that Romans raped her daughters and tried to conquer her kingdom. As a revenge, she declared war and killed 75,000 Romans and destroyed their entire sovereignty.
Michiko is the Empress of Japan fromthe year 1989 up to the present. She’s the beautiful wife of Prince Tsugunomiya Akihito. What made her included in the list is the fact that she’s just a commoner before who captured the heart of the crown prince. She’s the very first woman in Japan who has broken the royal tradition of marrying another person who has a royal blood.
Queen Noor used to be an ordinary American woman in the past before she became the Queen of Jordan way back in the year 1978. King Hussein of Jordan got interested to her when they met during the planning and development of the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan since she used to be the Director of Facilities Planning and Design of Arab Air Services company.
Long berfore, Hawaii was known to be a kingdom and the last monarch was Queen Lili’uokalani. She was actually an adopted child who had the real name of Lydia Paki. The king’s wife was the one who gave her the name of Liliʻu Loloku Walania Kamakaʻeha. One day, her brother became the King of Hawaii and he also declared her as Hawaii Princess with the legal name of Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha-a-Kapaʻakea. She was the one who composed the famous Hawaiian song titled “Aloha Oe”.
1. Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the current queen of Great Britain, and she has started her reign from the year 1952. She’s about to be declared as the longest ruling monarch in England this year. Queen Elizabeth II doings in the past were absolutely admirable and surprising. She got involved in the World War II when she was 18 years old, and she was the only one in the world who has done this great thing, as far as today’s world leaders are concerned. She has this rank of a Junior Commander.
These are the 10 queens in the history who did surprising things. Don’t these facts surprise you? They do, for sure.