A queen consort (also empress consort) is the wife of a reigning king (or emperor). A queen consort usually shares her husband’s rank and holds the feminine equivalent of the king’s monarchical titles. Historically, queens consort do not share the king regnant’s political and military powers. A queen regnant is a queen in her own right with all the powers of a monarch, usually becoming queen by inheriting the throne on the death of the previous monarch; they have been far fewer in number.
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“They will mark the stone-battlements
And the circle of them
With a bright stain.
They will cast out the dead
A sight for Priams queen to lament
And her frightened daughters.”
—Hilda Doolittle (18861961)