Hey GirlMoguls – unless you have been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard that there’s a pretty big wedding happening over in Merry ole England. Prince William, the heir to the throne of England is marrying Kate Middleton (who is not a princess or royalty of any kind – ’cause she wasn’t born that way).
While everyone is speculating over the flavor of the wedding cake and what the bride will wear (we’re umm guessing it’s a dress), we thought you might want to hear about some real princesses – (ok so Kate will be a real Princess, but in case you haven’t noticed, royals these days don’t have that much to do — most countries with princes and princesses also have other forms of elected government.)
Maybe when you were a little girl, you dreamed of becoming a princess – by marrying a prince…or being discovered by a fairy godmother or some other sort of magic. And well, then you grew up, and you probably realized that the openings for princesses are pretty few and far between – and it looks like one is just about to get taken.
Besides – do you know what princesses do all day – well neither do we…in fact, being a princess today seems a lot less interesting than it used to be. In case you haven’t noticed, most kings and queens – and princesses – and been pushed aside in favor of presidents, premiers and prime ministers…all forms of elected government.
Good news is that you don’t have to be born a president – or marry one to become one – you can get there all on your own. But it takes hard work, skill, brains…you know real stuff.
Which is why we thought you might like to take some lessons from the past – from real queens and princesses – who ruled lands, directed economies, negotiated treaties and led armies – pretty cool – huh. Sure they probably had nicer clothes than everyone else, but that wasn’t all they cared about.
To help us learn all about these power women of yore, we’re digging deep into a new book series for tweens, called the Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses by ShirinYim. In this series, she profiles 6 kick booty rulers from the past. So in honor of the royal wedding, we’re featuring the 6 princesses in this series. Each is the subject of a book by Shirin Yim Bridges that you can buy on Amazon or at any fine bookstore.
Princess Hatshepsut was the daughter of a Pharaoh, born around 1500 BC. She had two older brothers, but both died before they could claim the throne. Her father, the king had quite a problem on his hand…in Ancient Egypt women couldn’t rule. So he married her to one of her half brothers (icky to us, but normal for Egyptian royalty). After the death of her “husband” Hatshepsut became Pharaoh in her own right, even dressing like a man to make sure her subjects got the idea who was really in charge.
Hatshepsut ruled for many years and helped make Egypt one of the richest countries in the ancient world – by building up trade with other countries instead of fighting wars. She ruled for 22 years, but after her death, her name mysteriously vanished from history, until it was uncovered by modern scholars.
While there are many theories about why, the most probable is that the Ancient Egyptians weren’t too keen on having another Queen – so they pretended like it had never happened…Well, thanks goodness for modern day Egyptologists and their unveiling of Hatshepsut….you can get the book here….Hatshepsut of Egypt – The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses