Queen Hatshepsut from Egypt was a woman, so why is she buried in the Valley of Kings?

So my mother has just returned home from her holiday in Egypt and she told me something interesting: Queen Hatshepsut, one of the very little female faraoh's was buried in the Valley of Kings, and not in the Valley of Queens. I did a little research as to why, and I found that she insisted that drawings and pictures of her were portrayed as a male, but why? I understand female's weren't as respected as males back then, which is why it's a big thing that she was so powerful. I shared the information I found with my mother but it didn't satisfy her. I don't even know why she didn't ask it when she was there, because she was literally with a guide, but that's all too late now. Does anybody know? Thanks for the help in advance. Update: I found some information about her wanting, and succeeding in being buried with her father, which explains why she was buried there.


She was a Pharaoh partly as a result of acting as a regent would nowadays. Being a female and a ruler were not really compatible, so in effect she was regarded as an honorary man: she is often depicted with a beard. There were many female rulers, but Hatshepsut is the best known and her Mortuary Temple is one of the most significant monuments at Luxor. The term Valley of the Kings is entirely modern, and not very accurate. As a Pharaoh she was entitled to a royal burial which is why she is in the Theban necropolis, aka the Valley of the Kings, with her father Thutmose.

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She was PHARAOH. Pharaohs could be buried in the Valley of the Kings, gender not an issue. The Valley of the Kings is where pharaohs, male or the rare female, and their families could be buried.There were very few female pharaohs, by the way, a rarely inherited or appointed position for a female.

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This article may help. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatshepsut But the word 'Kings' is really a generic one. It could easily translate as Valley of the Rulers. It's not that she insisted on being portrayed as a man - she was often portrayed in a very feminine way. But the beards were ceremonial and even very young males used false beards. See the section in the article entitled 'Official Lauding'. And by the way, the words are spelled pharaoh, and females (plurals don't take apostrophes).

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Hatshepsut dresses as pharoah whilst she ruled she ruled instead of her either stepson or younger relative who was too young too rule


Egyptian civilisation is fascinating. How wonderful that your mother was able to tour the ruins of this ancient land. Cheers!


There is no valley of queens, she wore a false beard and behaved like a man to win approval.