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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“The Queen had one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. Off with his head! she said without even looking around.”
—Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (18321898)