1A female emperor.
- Constitutional changes to permit a female empress may thus trigger dangerous public debate about the need for a monarchy.
- It should be noted that Orchid's character is based on Tzu Hsi, who was China's longest-reigning female ruler and its last empress.
- China's emperors and empresses knew what they wanted.
1.1The wife or widow of an emperor.
- The emperor and empress met the Malaysian royal couple during a visit to Malaysia in 1970.
- Later emperors carried it further and in the second century AD empresses such as Sabina (wife of the emperor Trajan) were depicted as embodying, for example, pietas (family feeling).
- When she died, only four years ago at the age of 97, she was also the longest living empress consort in Japanese history.
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