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Hatshepsut was one of Thutmosis II's wives. Upon the King's death, the crown passed to his son (by another wife), Thutmosis III. The young Thutmosis III ruled alongside Hatshepsut, who slowly gained power before ultimately declaring herself King. Hatshepsut wore a false beard in order to be taken seriously by her subjects, and erected a number of impressive temples - most notably this one in Thebes, located between the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. When Hatshepsut died, Thutmosis III destroyed her likenesses, smashing her statues and having her image chipped out of hieroglyphics. The uppermost level of Hatshepsut Temple originally had a series of statues of her - all of which were destroyed and the pieces dropped into the neighbouring quarry.