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"Beloved of Re"

Meritre on a colossal statue of Ramesses II at Tanis.©

Dynasty 19th Dynasty
Pharaoh(s) Ramesses II
Titles King's Daughter
King's Wife
Father Ramesses II
Mother Bentanat (?)
Spouse(s) Ramesses II
Burial QV17 or QV76
For other pages by this name, see Meritre.

Meritre (transliteration: mry.t-rꜤ, meaning: "Beloved of Re") was an ancient Egyptian Princess and King's Wife in the Nineteenth Dynasty during the New Kingdom. She was a daughter-wife of Pharaoh Ramesses II.


She is thus far only known from a colossal statue of Ramesses II that was found at Tanis. There, she is shown as a small figure between the legs of the king. The partly destroyed caption reads King's Daughter, His Beloved, King's Wife, Meritre. Queen Bentanat is also depicted on the statue (as a relief on one side). Meritre might have been married to Ramesses at about the same time Bentanat became his queen consort, that is from about Year 34 to 42 of the king's reign.[1] Meritre herself is never elevated to the status of queen and might have been a daughter of Bentanat, given their close connection on the statue.


Meritre is probably identical to either Meritre B or C, who were buried in tombs QV17 and QV76 in the Valley of the Queens respectively.

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  1. Payraudeau & Poudroux 2020, p. 253–264.


  • Payraudeau, F./Poudroux, S., 2020: Varia tanitica II. Une nouvelle fille-épouse de Ramsès II. Bulletin De L’institut Français D’archéologie Orientale.