Zewditu (also spelled Zawditu or Zauditu) was an Empress of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930.
The first female head of an internationally recognized state in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the first Empress regnant of the Ethiopian Empire perhaps since the legendary Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, her reign was noted for the reforms of her Regent and designated heir Ras Tafari Makonnen (who succeeded her as Emperor Haile Selassie I), about which she was at best ambivalent and often stridently opposed, due to her staunch conservatism and strong religious devotion.
A long line of monarchy
Zewditu I, Empress of Ethiopia As the daughter of Menelik II, Zewditu would be the last monarch in direct agnatic descent from the Solomonic dynasty. She was a compassionate and kind woman even when treated badly. She became Empress because the other heir, her nephew Iyasu, had been excommunicated for apostasy. Even though he had treated her abominably, she still loved him and is said to have wept for him after being told she would take the throne over him.
–Women of History
Extra Photos below of her highness
Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela and its 12th-13th century rock-cut Christian churches, and Aksum, the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.
More photos of the Empress
National Museum (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia): Hours, Address
Crowns belonging to the Ethiopian Emperors /Made of precious stones/, 19th – 20th century
Her Throne/Royal Gold Chair below displayed at the National Museum of Ethiopia below
Taken to Italy during world war II and returned to Ethiopia in 1972.