Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti

I am Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of Pharaoh Neferkheperure-Waenre Akhenaten, and the most famous Amarna Queen.

Though my origins are sketchy, it is thought I am the daughter of the God's Father, Ay. He was a brother of my mother-in-law, Queen Tiye, which would give me a link to the royal family. Being a cousin of Akhenaten (then Amenhotep IV), I was chosen to be the wife of the Prince. My mother, however, is unknown. Ay's second wife, my step-mother Tey, never claims me as a daughter as she claims my half-sister, Mutnodjmet, who later was Queen along side Pharaoh Horemheb. She is called my 'nurse' and 'governess,' but never my mother. It seems that Ay's first wife--my mother--died shortly after or during my birth. He then re-married, this time to the Lady Tey, who raised me.

I married Prince Amenhotep IV, nonetheless, and when he became Pharaoh, I became his Great Royal Wife. He had others, certainly, such as Kiya, but I was the first. I gave him no sons, but six beautiful daughters; Meritaten, Meketaten, Ankhesenpaaten, Neferneferuaten ta-Sherit, Neferneferure, and Setepenre.

In about year 5 or 6, shortly after the birth of Ankhesenpaaten, my family and moved to my husband's new city of Akhetaten. I enjoyed a status in my husband's reign that is almost unparalleled in Egyptian history. I'm shown in reliefs smiting enemies, a position normally reserved for Pharaohs. I am shown, in most instances, on the same scale as Akhenaten. In about year 14, however, I drop from the records, and it appears that Akhenaten took our eldest daughter, Meritaten, as queen in my place.

Of course, at this time Akhenaten also gets a co-regent, one Ankh(et)kheperure Neferneferuaten. Some simply claim that this is another name for Ankhkheperure-Djesrekheperu Smenkhkare, who seems to have ruled briefly after Akhenaten's death. Other think both Ankhkheperure's are me. Some have even suggested they are one of my daughters, either Meritaten or Ankhesenpaaten! Others think that the first, Ankhkheperure was me, the second the young man Smenkhkare, husband of my daughter Meritaten. But anyway, this is getting complicated...

At any rate, I disappeared from the records, as Queen Neferneferuaten-Nefertiti, at least, in year 14. If I didn't become co-regent, some think I simply died, while others believe I fell from favour. Ah, but I am one othe most famous Amarnites. Who hasn't see that famous bust of me? The bust, by the master scluptor Thutmose, the one that people have used to justify the statement that I was the most beuatiful woman in the ancient world...

Some of the Nefertiti's Titles:

Hereditary Princess,
Great of Favor,
Mistress of Happiness,
Gay with the Two Feathers,
At Hearing Whose Voice One Rejoices,
Soothing the Heart of the King at Home,
Pleased at All That is Said,
the Great Wife of the King, Whom He Loves,
Lady of the Two Lands,
Lady of Graciousness, Worthy of Love...