“And the Heiress. Great in the Palace. Fair of face. Adorned with the Double Plumes. Mistress of Happiness. Endowed with Favours, at hearing whose voice the King rejoices. The Chief Wife of the King, his beloved. The Lady of the Two Lands. Nefermeferaten-Nefertiti, may she live forever and always.”
Queen Nefertiti was the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton, and a global icon of feminine beauty and power. Her name means, “The Beautiful Woman Has Come”. One of the most mysterious and powerful women in Ancient Egypt, Nefertiti was Queen alongside Pharaoh Akhenaton from 1353-1336 BC, and may have ruled the New Kingdom after her husband’s death. Her reign was a time of tremendous cultural upheavels, as Akhenaton reoriented Egypt’s religious and political structure around the worship of the sun god, Aton.