Queen (playing card)

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For the 1966 Greek film, see Queen of Clubs (film).
Queen cards of all four suits in a standard deck

The Queen is a playing card with a picture of a queen on it. The usual rank of a queen is as if it were 12 (or 13), that is, between the King and the Jack, or Knight.

Queen of Flowers from the first printed deck (15th century)

In the standard English playing card deck, legend states the Queen of Hearts is a representation of Elizabeth of York, queen consort of Henry VII of England. Certainly the headdress the queen wears under her crown is of the Early Tudor era.

In contrast, French deck manufacturers traditionally assigned each court card a particular historical or mythological personage. The Queens in a French deck have traditionally assigned names as follows:[1][2]

  • Queen of Spades: Athena
  • Queen of Hearts: Judith (Biblical figure)
  • Queen of Diamonds: Rachel (Biblical figure)
  • Queen of Clubs: Argine (an anagram of Regina, Latin for "queen")

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Four King Truth" at the Urban Legends Reference Pages
  2. ^ "Courts on playing cards", by David Madore, with illustrations of the Anglo-American and French court cards