It's not just HuffPost Culture who are queen fans - writers, poets and artists have been inspired by royalty for centuries. And who can blame them? Power, femininity, the ownership of all the swans in the country - being a queen's not a bad day job.

So it's hardly surprising that a few fictional queens have crept their way into books, plays and poems over time. In honour of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, we celebrate those who have been immortalised in literature. Who's your favourite?

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  • The Red Queen

    The third and final Lewis Carroll fictional royal in our gallery is The Red Queen. Not to be confused with her predecessor, the Queen of Hearts, the Red Queen is altogether a more grown-up stroppy royal. Indeed, Carroll explained differences between the two as: "I pictured to myself the Queen of Hearts as a sort of embodiment of ungovernable passion - a blind and aimless Fury. The Red Queen I pictured as a Fury, but of another type; her passion must be cold and calm - she must be formal and strict, yet not unkindly; pedantic to the 10th degree, the concentrated essence of all governesses!" An improvement, perhaps, but still not much fun. Here she is as personified by Helena Bonham-Carter for Disney. IMAGE: Walt Disney Pictures

  • Titiana, Queen of the Fairies

    Ah, the lovely Titiana. The Queen of the Fairies, from Shakespeare's <em>A Midsummer Night's Dream</em> is beautiful and ethereal, but still prone to the actions of her King husband Oberon, as well as falling in love with comedy character Bottom. Which is something we'd personally never want to see Her Royal Majesty doing. IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Midsummer_Night's_Dream_Henry_Fuseli2.jpg" target="_hplink">"Midsummer Nights Dream Act IV Scene I--A wood - Titiania, queen of the fairies, Bottom, fairies attending & etc." engraving by Henry Fuseli, Wikipedia </a>

  • The White Queen

    Lewis Carroll was a serial inventor of fictional royalty. Here we see The White Queen, from <em>Through The Looking Glass</em>. Not much more royal than the chess piece from which she originates, the White Queen is a little slow and a rival to the Red Queen. IMAGE:<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:A-dressing_the_White_Queen.jpg" target="_hplink"> llustration for the fifth chapter of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass (1865) by John Tenniel, Wikipedia</a>

  • Guinevere

    Oh, naughty, naughty Guinevere. The legendary Queen and wife of King Arthur is famous for running away with Arthur's chief knight, Sir Lancelot. She may be pretty, but as Arthurian legend goes, such a discrepancy resulted in the downfall of the kingdom. Awkward. IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:John_Collier_Queen_Guinevre's_Maying.jpg" target="_hplink">Queen Guinevre's Maying, by John Collier, Wikipedia</a>

  • Lady Macbeth

    Not technically a queen, but one so desperate to be she plots, schemes, murders, and eventually sees blood coming out of her clean hands. Not a royal we'd necessarily want kicking around, but her on-stage aspirations to be one haven't been beaten yet. IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_Macbeth" target="_hplink">Lady Macbeth by George Cattermole, 1850, Wikipedia</a>

  • Queen Zixi of Ix

    Arguably one of the more difficult fictional queen names to pronounce after a few regal tipples, Queen Zixi is the reigning monarch of the land of Ix, the neighbouring country to Oz. We say, anybody who can govern a state comprised of so many ridiculous names deserves some kind of medal.

  • Caroline, Queen of England

    There's something funny about Queen Caroline... she ascended the throne in 1951, she rules England, she suffers a CIA leak... oh wait, this is the main character in spoof novel <em>Saving The Queen</em> based loosely around the actual Queen Elizabeth II by novelist William F. Buckley, Jr. How silly of us.

  • Nan Bollen and Gloriana I

    Nan Bollen: A faerie version of Anne Boleyn Gloriana I: A combination of Elizabeth I, Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and Michael Moorcock's Gloriana of Albion

  • The White Witch

    Brrr, did it just get a little cold in here? Again, like the equally evil Lady Macbeth, the White Witch isn't technically a queen, but she may as well be. Taking over C. S. Lewis's Narnia, she ensures "endless winter" - importantly, one without Christmas - occurs and makes everybody call her "Her Imperial Majesty Jadis, Queen of Narnia, Chatelaine of Cair Paravel, Empress of the Lone Islands". It's not behaviour we can really condone but she had a great line in regal attire. IMAGE: Cover art to <em>The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe</em>, by Leo and Diane Dillon, Wikipedia

  • The Queen of Hearts

    Yes, she's mean, and petulant, and stole some tarts. But let's be honest, we've all been guilty of such crimes at one time or another. And we're not even royal, or have names which rhyme with petty theft. Thus, we commend Lewis Carroll on this excellent royal, although we're not hopeful she wouldn't chop our heads off. IMAGE: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Queen_of_Hearts.jpg" target="_hplink">The King and Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Wikipedia</a>

  • The Faerie Queen

    Possibly the first ever fictional queen, Edmund Spenser's <em>Faerie Queen </em>has had quite the influence in the 500 years it's existed. Not bad going considering the poem was never finished. IMAGE: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1d/Johann_Heinrich_F%C3%BCssli_058.jpg" target="_hplink">Prince Arthur and the Fairy Queen, Johann Heinrich Fussli, Wikipedia</a>