A Queen is the title given to a female monarch. A queen regnant (plural: queens regnant) is equivalent in rank to a king, who reigns in her own right, in contrast to a queen consort, who is the wife of a reigning king, or a queen regent, who is the guardian of a child monarch and reigns temporarily in the child's stead.
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- QUEEN, n. A woman by whom the realm is ruled when there is a king, and through whom it is ruled when there is not.
- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
- The insuperable objection to monarchy is that the king or queen is elevated, and respect is accorded, for no reason other than birth ... No one who believes either in the claims of merit or in the pursuit of equality can defend the system.