zewditu i

Zewditu I was Empress of Ethiopia from 1916 to 1930. The first female head of an internationally recognized state in Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries, her reign was noted for the reforms of Tafari Makonnen (later Emperor Haile Selassie I) and for her strong religious devotion.

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Royal Birthdays for today, April 29th:

Alexander II, Tsar of Russia, 1818

Zewditu I, Empress of Ethiopia, 1876

Hirohito, Emperor of Japan, 1901

Maria de las Nieves, Princess of Bourbon-Parma, 1937

Benedikte of Denmark, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg, 1944

Maud Angelica Behn, Daughter of Princess Martha Louise, 2003

Dipangkorn Rasmijoti, Prince of Thailand, 2005

Sofia, Spanish Infanta, 2007