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"To state our allegations, I present Queen Amidala, recently elected ruler of Naboo, who speaks on our behalf."
Senator Palpatine, to the Galactic Senate[1]

The Monarch of Naboo was the elected king or queen of the Royal House of Naboo, the monarchy that governed the human denizens of the planet. They served for two-year terms which were renewable once.[5] The people of Naboo often elected young women, believing they possessed a form of pure, childlike wisdom that the adults lacked.[6] Theoretically, however, virtually anyone could be elected the new king or queen.[7] Due to tradition and to protect their loved ones, Naboo monarchs adopted new identities when they began to campaign for the position, changing at least their last name. Even so, some monarchs proved to be less protective of their anonymity than others. They could return to their previous identity after their term ended[8] or chose to retain[4] their new name.[8]

Queens of Naboo included Padmé Amidala, who served two terms,[4] the first of which included the Invasion of Naboo;[1] Jamillia, who served shortly before the outbreak of the Clone Wars;[4] Neeyutnee, who served during the war;[9] Apailana, who served during the early days of the Galactic Empire,[10] Dalné, who served around 3 BBY;[11] and Sosha Soruna, who served around the time following the Battle of Endor.[12]

Around 382 BBY,[13] a queen served as the monarch of Naboo. That queen owned a yacht, which the gambler Axel Greylark wanted to buy with his inheritance.[14] Amidala was preceded by Queen Sanandrassa,[3] who was herself preceded by Réillata, who served one term[8] before successfully running again to serve a second term after Amidala's tenure.[3] The monarch was aided by the Naboo Royal Advisory Council.[2] The proper form of address for a former queen of Naboo was "M'Lady."[15]

Whilst the position of monarch carried with it actual power and an active role in governing the planet and its people, the establishment of the Galactic Empire saw the position reduced to that of a mere figurehead as all meaningful authority was transferred to the newly appointed Moff Quarsh Panaka. Queen Dalné, though, heavily resentful of her reduced authority, nevertheless reluctantly went along with it rather than challenge the Empire and risk Imperial retribution for defiance.[16]

List of known rulers of Naboo[]

Period Portrait Name
King Jafan
Queen Yram
King Bon Tapalo
King Ars Veruna
fl. 382 BBY[13] Unidentified Queen of Naboo (382 BBY)
44 BBY40 BBY[17] Queen Ekay
40 BBY–36 BBY[17] Queen Ameé
36 BBY–34 BBY[17] Queen Réillata
34 BBY–32 BBY[17] Queen Sanandrassa
32 BBY–28 BBY[17] AoR-PadmeAmidala-Movie-textless Queen Padmé Amidala
28 BBY–26 BBY[17] Queen Réillata
26 BBY–22 BBY[17] Jamillia-large Queen Jamillia
22 BBY–20 BBY[17] NeeyutneeFull-SWE Queen Neeyutnee
20 BBY–18 BBY[17] Apailana-large Queen Apailana
By 3 BBY;[11] Dalne-LeiaManga Queen Dalné
By 4 ABY[18] Queen Sosha Soruna Queen Sosha Soruna

Behind the scenes[]

The title of Monarch of Naboo first appeared in the 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.[1]

The 2016 reference book Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded states that King Ars Veruna preceded Padmé Amidala as monarch of Naboo,[19] with Star Wars: Complete Locations adding that he ruled for 13 years.[20] The novel Tarkin further states that Naboo was ruled by a king fifteen years before the rise of the Galactic Empire.[21] However, the novel Queen's Shadow states that monarchs are limited to two two-year terms,[3] and its prequel Queen's Peril instead names Amidala's predecessors as Queens Sanandrassa and Réillata, who both served for one term.[8]

Queen's Shadow established that monarchs of Naboo serve for two-year terms.[3] However, "Naboo," an issue of the French Star Wars Encyclopedia, states that a term was four years.[22] This article assumes that the previously defined term length of two years is correct.


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  2. 2.0 2.1 StarWars-DatabankII Queen Neeyutnee in the Databank (backup link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Queen's Shadow
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  5. Queen's Shadow
  6. Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
  7. The Star Wars Book
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Queen's Peril
  9. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Blue Shadow Virus"
  10. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  11. 11.0 11.1 Star Wars: Galactic Atlas places Princess Leia Organa's birth in 19 BBY. The events of Leia, Princess of Alderaan commence just after Organa's sixteenth birthday, which place the events of the novel in 3 BBY.
  12. Shattered Empire 2
  13. 13.0 13.1 StarWars Star Wars: The High Republic Chronological Reader's Guide on StarWars.com (backup link) establishes that Phase II media of Star Wars: The High Republic chronologically begins with the novel The High Republic: Quest for the Hidden City. As Star Wars: The High Republic Character Encyclopedia dates the events of Quest for the Hidden City and the end of Phase II to 382 BBY, Phase II titles of The High Republic must be set in that year.
  14. The High Republic: Convergence
  15. Star Wars: Complete Vehicles
  16. Leia, Princess of Alderaan
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 17.8 Star Wars: Timelines
  18. Star Wars: Timelines dates the events of Shattered Empire 2 to 4 ABY.
  19. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded
  20. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  21. Tarkin
  22. AltayaCite "Naboo" — Star Wars Encyclopedia