British Queens

Anglo-Saxon Through Stuart

Find out the names of the queens -- ruling and consorts -- through British history.

Emma with Canute (Cnut)
Emma with Canute (Cnut). Culture Club/Getty Images

From the time of Alfred the Great, bringing various territories together into an Anglo-Saxon whole, to just before the conquest, here are the women associated with the rulers of England.  Some are rather difficult to trace, as they were practically ignored in their time.  Not all were considered queens. More »

Matilda of Scotland, Queen of England
Matilda of Scotland, Queen of England. Hulton Archive / Getty Images

These are the women who were married to the Norman kings of England, from Matilda of Flanders -- cousin and wife of William I and herself a descendant of King Alfred the Great -- through Matilda of Boulogne, married to King Stephen who stepped in to prevent his cousin, yet another Matilda, from reigning in her own right. More »

Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, lying together: tombs at Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, lying together: tombs at Fontevraud-l'Abbaye. Dorling Kindersley/Kim Sayer/Getty Images

When King Stephen was followed to the throne by his nephew, Henry II, the Plantagenet era commenced.  Eleanor of Aquitaine was his queen.  Richard II's two queens end the Plantagenet line: first the childless Anne of Bohemia and then Isabelle of Valois, married to Richard when she was just six years old. More »

Elizabeth Woodville, 1463
Elizabeth Woodville, 1463. Hulton Archive/The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

When Richard II was deposed, still childless, there began a long contention for the throne between the Lancaster and York families. Henry Bolingbroke was a widower when he took the throne as Henry IV, then married Joan of Navarre.  Anne Neville was the last of these queens, and her queenship was short. More »

Elizabeth of York, 1501
Elizabeth of York, 1501. Hulton Archive / The Print Collector / Print Collector / Getty Images

Elizabeth of York, married to Henry VII, was the first Tudor queen consort.  Three men and three women (one disputed) ruled as monarchs in the Tudor line. One of the men married, infamously, six wives, and one died before he could marry. More »

From a portrait of Henrietta Maria by Anthony Van Dyk
From a portrait of Henrietta Maria by Anthony Van Dyk. Buyenlarge / Getty Images

After Elizabeth I died, the Stuart line of rulers came to the throne of England and Ireland as well as of Scotland.  The Stuarts were plagued with religious controversies -- Parliament wanted Protestant rulers -- and with difficulty in male succession. More »

Queen Victoria's Imperial State Crown
Queen Victoria's Imperial State Crown. Museum of London/Heritage Images/Getty Images

A few women, some of the most notable British rulers, have been women who ruled in their own right.  While the lists below include the many women who've been queen consorts -- married to the actual ruler -- this particular list contains the cream of the crop, the actual ruling queens.  They include the longest-serving and some of the most memorable of all of Britain's rulers. More »