Obviously she eventually became pharaoh/queen, but as the daughter of the king was she technically a princess?

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    Does the term "princess" have a meaning in terms of Ptolemaic Egypt?
    – Steve Bird
    Mar 21, 2017 at 15:43
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    @John then consider rephrasing the question to state that clearly.
    – SPavel
    Mar 21, 2017 at 15:51
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    What exactly are you asking? Is this a question about what the English word the daughter of an Egyptian ruler is, what the Egyptian (or Greek) for that was, or a biographical question about her parentage and pre-rulership positions?
    – T.E.D.
    Mar 21, 2017 at 15:52
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    Yes its a question about what the english word for the daughter of an egyptian ruler is
    – John
    Mar 21, 2017 at 15:56
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    Might want to make that explicit in the question.
    – MCW
    Mar 21, 2017 at 17:11

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She was known as "s3t-niswt" which literally translates to Daughter of the King. "s3t-niswt" and "Princess" are similar but don't have the same meaning. "Princess" can be female close to the king including daughter-in-laws. "s3t-niswt" litterally means Daughter of the King and doesn't leave any ambiguity there.

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    You might want to edit into your answer which Cleopatra you (and the OP) are referring to.
    – Shimon bM
    Mar 21, 2017 at 21:50
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    s3t-niswt was a generic term used for any daughter of the king so there is no need for being specific. It can refer to Cleopatra II to the VII.
    – EvanM
    Mar 22, 2017 at 10:38

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