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  • Nefertiti Rule:18th Dynasty: 1336-1334 BC
    Predecessor:Consort Akhenaten
    Father:Vizier Ay
    Nomen:Birth name: Nefertiti: The beauty that has come
    Consorts:- She was the Great Royal Wife of Akhenaten, she married him when he was still the Crown Prince. Before the couple changed their names, she would give her husband three daughters: Meritaten, Meketaten, and Ankhesenpaaten.
    Shortly after the birth of Ankhesenpaaten, the couple became Neferkheperure-Wa'enre Akhenaten and Nefernefruaten-Nefertiti. It seems Akhenaten's Great Royal Wife played a vital part in his new religious regime, she is often shown taking an active role in the offerings and rituals to the Aten.
    It is likely that Nefertiti played the role of something like a High Priestess in the new religion.
    She, the Aten, and Akhenaten represented a divine triad; Aten being the father, she being the female aspect, and Akhenaten being the male aspect.
    Capital City:Akhetaten - Amarna
    Life: - Nefertiti was known throughout Egypt for her beauty, with her long, swan like neck.

    After the move to Akhetaten, Nefertiti gave birth to three more princesses. Nefernefruaten ta-sherit, Nefernefrure and Setepenre. Nefertiti was present at the death of Meketaten, she is shown there mourning the loss of the second princess with Akhenaten, Meritaten, Ankhesenpaaten, and Nefernefruaten ta-sherit.
    Nefernefrure and Setepenre are missing from the scene and either:

    1. already have died
    2. were deemed too young to participate and were not drawn in the scene.

    But soon after this tragic event, Nefertiti ceases to be mentioned. Her names and titles are erased and replaced with those of Meritaten and Ankhesenpaaten.

    Some have proposed that Queen Nefertiti ceased to be mentioned because she had become a Pharaoh, Smenkhkara the successor of Akhenaten, in that case:

    • She reigned for a short period and was probably succeeded by Tutankhaten how married Nefertiti's daughter Ankhesenpaaten,
    • Some theories believe that Nefertiti was still alive and had an influence on the young couple.
    • If this is the case that influence and presumably her own life would have ended by year 3 of Tutankhaten's reign.
    • In that year, Tutankhaten changed his name to Tutankhamen, as evidence of his worship of Amun, and abandoned Amarna to return the capital to Thebes.

    Maybe, Akhenaten's beautiful one just passed away. It is by far the simplest explanation.
    Perhaps it is the enigma of Nefertiti that draws so many to her, or perhaps it is her serene beauty, preserved forever in that famous bust by the magnificent sculptor, Thutmose.

    Burial:No information is known regarding Nefertiti's death, and the location of Nefertiti's body has long been a subject of curiosity and speculation
    Successor:Son in law Tutankhamen