I’m in Portugal and I’ve been doing some reading about the queens of Portugal. Pretty interesting, especially when you consider that most of them took active roles in the politics of their day. Several of them served as Regent in their husband’s place and because these were political marriages for allegiance and territorial claims, they remained active as emissaries and liaisons with their home countries. Most interesting to me is Queen Philippa of Lancaster who is immortalized on the Monument of the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) which depicts all of the great explorers and statesmen of Portugal’s golden age of discovery. She is the only woman amidst 32 men. Talk about impressive–She was the mother of Henry the Navigator and actually traveled with him on expeditions and explorations!