Queen (playing card)

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Queen cards of all four suits in the Rouennais pattern

The Queen is a playing card with a picture of a woman on it. In many European languages, the King and Queen begin with the same letter so the latter is often called Dame (Lady) or variations thereof. In French playing cards, the usual rank of a queen is between the King and the Jack. In tarot decks, it outranks the Knight which in turn outranks the Jack.

In the Paris pattern, each court card is identified as a particular historical or mythological personage as follows:[1][2]

Queens in the Paris pattern (portrait officiel)
Hearts Diamonds Spades Clubs
Queen of hearts fr.svg
Queen of diamonds fr.svg
Queen of spades fr.svg
Queen of clubs fr.svg
Judith,
Biblical figure
Rachel,
Biblical figure
Pallas,
another name for the goddess Athena
Argine,
an anagram of Regina (Latin for "queen")

In the game of Hearts, the Queen of Spades is the major card to avoid, and is called a variety of unsavoury names.

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