Born to King Thutmose I and married her half-brother King Thutmose II, Hatshepsut was both a Queen and Pharaoh of Egypt. When her husband died in 1479 B.C., his successor was still an infant.
Hatshepsut became toe Queen regent until her stepson came of age. However, soon the royal family was threatened by political enemies and Hatshepsut transitioned herself into the position of Pharaoh, taking on massive building projects, obtaining riches from far lands, and having herself depicted as a man in sculptures.
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