Her Imperial Majesty Empress Taytu, was crowned Queen of Queens, Conquering Lioness of the Tribe of Judah in 1889, next to His Imperial Majesty Emperor Menelik II, crowned Kings of Kings, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

She founded Addis Ababa alongside Emperor Menelik II, which remains Ethiopia’s capital city today, and in the final decades of her reign witnessed a period of modernization, which gradually opened Ethiopia up to trade and greater technical expertise.

The Ethiopian Empire was transformed under Emperor Menelik, with the help of key ministerial advisors, such as Gäbre-Heywät Baykädañ who was deeply invested in the modernization of their great nation.

Determined to resist imperialist designs on her country, she increasingly opposed any negotiations that would result in the loss of Ethiopian territory. When diplomacy gave way to war, she rode out at the head of her own army, at her husband’s side.

He is widely called "Emiye Menelik" in Ethiopia for his forgiving nature and his unselfish deeds for the poor.

Later in his reign, Menelik established the first Cabinet of Ministers to help in the administration of the Empire, appointing trusted and widely respected nobles and retainers to the first Ministries.

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Last Updated Dec 2020