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Famous Pharaohs of Egypt

For some 3,000 years, a series of kings ruled ancient Egypt, but we know very little about the lives they lived. Rather, a lot of what we know about Egyptian pharaohs is based on their magnificent funerary complexes.
King Tut
The boy king, whose real name was Tutankhamun, may be the most famous pharaoh of all, largely because of his intact tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings. Within it, archaeologists found such objects as furniture, clothes, chariots, weapons, three dazzling gold coffins in which the mummy lay, and Tutankhamun’s now-iconic portrait mask.
The king erected a funerary complex at ?aqqārah, where, with his minister, Imhotep, a talented architect and physician, he oversaw the construction of the step pyramid, a precursor to the iconic pyramids at Giza and the oldest extant monument of hewn stone known in the world.
Unsatisfied with the title of queen, Hatshepsut (reigned in her own right c. 1473–58 BCE) attained unprecedented power, adopting the full titles and regalia of a pharaoh. Her funerary temple at Dayr al-Ba?rī is perhaps one of the most impressive, featuring a series of three colonnaded terraces set elegantly into the mountainside.
Ramses II
Ramses the Great, whose reign (1279–13 BCE) was the second longest in Egyptian history, is known for his extensive building programs and for the many colossal statues of him found all over Egypt.

“The People’s Princess”

Nearly 40 years after she entered the spotlight, Diana, princess of Wales, still captivates the public. Her beauty and shy demeanor—which earned her the nickname “Shy Di”—made her an instant sensation when she and Prince Charles announced their engagement in 1981. Hundreds of millions of people tuned in for their fairy-tale wedding that year, but as has often been said, the marriage turned out to be anything but.
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