Queen Hatshepsut

She was the daughter of Thutmosis I and Queen Ahmose-Nefertari .
It has been argued that Hatshepsut had seen herself as Thutmosis I's heir even before her father died .
It is possible that she benefited from the role of 'God's Wife of Amun' , its economic holdings , and its connection to the family of Ahmose-Nefertari in order to support her regency in a manner similar to her female predecessors (Ahhotep and Ahmose-Nefertari) .
She also appears to have been preparing Neferure for a similar role .
Hatshepsut did not attempt to legitimize her reign by claiming to have ruled with or for her husband Thutmosis II . Instead , she emphasized her bloodline , and in the period before she had taken a throne name , the royal steward Senenmut left an inscription at Aswan (commemorating the quarrying of her first obelisk) naming her as ' the King's Daughter , the King's Sister , the God's Wife , the Great Royal Wife Hatshepsut' . At Deir El-Bahari , scenes and texts of Hatshepsut claim that Thutmosis I had proclaimed her as heir before his death , and that Ahmose had been chosen by Amun to bear the next divine ruler .
Her only known daughter from Thutmosis II was Neferure , who was frequently described as 'King's Daughter' and 'God's Wife' and also more than once 'Mistress of the Two Lands' and 'Lady of Upper and Lower Egypt' . It is argued whether she was Thutmosis Ill's wife during the co-regency period , but she did appear as 'God's Wife' with him as late as the 22nd or 23rd year of his reign . At some time , Thutmosis III replaced her name with that of Satiah , whom he married after his sole rule began . If Neferure was ever 'King's Great Wife' to Thutmosis III , the king must have ended the formal relationship soon after Hatshepsut's disappearance in the 20th or 21st year of his reign .
Hatshepsut was able to exploit Egypt's natural resources , such as gold from the Eastern Desert , precious stone quarries . Gebel El-Silsilah began to be worked for sandstone . Cedar was imported from the Levant , and ebony came from Africa .
Hatshepsut had a tomb excavated in the Valley of the Kings for her as ruler . Tomb KV 20 appears to be the earliest tomb in the Valley , and Hatshepsut had it enlarged to house both her own sarcophagus and a second one initially carved for her but then re-carved for her father Thutmosis I .
Both Hatshepsut and Thutmosis I may have initially been laid to rest there , but Thutmosis III later removed Thutmosis I's body to KV 38 , which he had built for a similar purpose .
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