Queen Nefertiti was the queen of Egypt and wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten during the 14th century B.C. She and her husband established the cult of Aten, the sun god, and promoted Egyptian artwork that was radically different from its predecessors.
Little is known about the origins of Nefertiti, but her legacy of beauty and power continue to intrigue us up to today. It is believed she was 15 when they wed, which may have been before Akhenaten assumed the throne. They apparently ruled together from 1353 to 1336 B.C. and had six daughters, with speculation that they may have also had a son. Their daughter Ankhesenamun would eventually marry her half brother Tutankhamun, the future ruler of Egypt.
Documentation shows that the king and his head queen seemed to be inseparable, often showed them riding in chariots together and even kissing in public. With all the love shown to her, she held many titles such as:
- Great of Praises
- Lady of Grace
- Sweet of Love
- Lady of the Two Lands
- Main King’s Wife
- His beloved
- Great King’s Wife
- Lady of all Women
- Mistress of Upper and Lower Egypt
Nefertiti was perhaps one of the most powerful women ever to have ruled. Her husband went to great lengths to display her as an equal. In several reliefs, she is shown wearing the crown of a pharaoh or smiting her enemies in battle. Unfortunately after 12 years of her reign despite this great power, Nefertiti disappears from all depictions.