Queen Regnant

  • Medieval Era
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

The Ancient Title of Queen Regnant is bestowed upon Women who – unlike a Consort, had a larger portion of ruling authority and power in her own right, equal to her husband – The King. The Queen Regnant can make important Kingdom decisions and both support (or tacitly block) her Husband, if needed. Depending on The Kingdom (and true intentions of a Queen), such authority could be problematic (which many Dynastic Wars being born). When properly used, A Queen Regnant was an important component to ruling a Kingdom. In events of a King’s illness or his being away from his duties (normally through War), a Queen Regnant ruled in his stead, usually well respected.

Although some Women were born Royal, many were not that married certain Rulers. The Title was also bestowed to them by their Husbands to give them some form of Royal Authority. This was mostly seen when an Heir was born, and she needed full authority to rule in his stead should he die before his Heir could come to age (which happened quite frequently). By The Late Middle Ages, The Title of Queen Regnant was imparted to set aside an older, Ruling Female over a Lesser Male Heir. This was seen as one of the first Titles used to circumvent the Ancient Salic Laws. Although Europe’s oldest ruling Regnant is currently HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England, several Asian Nations have used the Title as long, and along very similar lines. These Holders were referred to as Empress Regnant. Other than England, The Kingdom of Denmark (also a Constitutional Monarchy), uses The Regnant Title. It is used in that Country, Greenland and The Faroe Islands.