Hatshepsut (r. 1479-1458 BCE) was the first female ruler of ancient Egypt to reign as a male with the full authority of pharaoh. Her name means "Foremost of Noble Women" or "She is First Among Noble Women". She began her reign as regent to her stepson Thutmose III (r. 1458-1425 BCE) who would succeed her.

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  • 1479 BCE
    Following the death of Thutmosis II, Hatshepsut becomes regent for his son Thutmose III.
  • 1479 BCE - 1458 BCE
    Queen Hatshepsut rules Egypt.
  • 1473 BCE
    Hatshepsut has herself crowned pharaoh of Egypt and begins to be depicted as a male pharaoh.
  • c. 1473 BCE
    Hatshepsut begins work on the temple complex at Deir El-Bahri.