Queen regnant  

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A queen regnant (plural "queens regnant") is a female monarch who reigns in her own right, in contrast to a "queen consort", who is the wife of a reigning king.

Queens regnant possess and exercise sovereign powers. The husbands of queens regnant do not usually share their wives' rank, title or sovereignty. Queens consort share their husbands' rank and titles, but do not share the sovereignty of their husbands.

A "queen dowager" is the widow of a king who reigned in his own right, and a "queen mother" is a queen dowager who is also the mother of a reigning sovereign.


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