What title does Padmé Amidala have?

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In the Star Wars prequels, Amidala is referred to by a few different titles which confused me a bit.

In The Phantom Menace, she is called "Queen Amidala" by many characters.

In The Attack of the Clones, she is "demoted" (it would seem) to "Senator Amidala" and she meets the current Naboo Queen, Jamailla (I think)

I've seen this issue mentioned before:

Issue mentioned in YouTube movie-sins channel

and, like the narrator in that, I was confused as well.

Does anyone know what the powers are in Naboo? Is there any canon evidence for this? It does say in the opening crawl from Attack of the Clones:

Senator Amidala, the former Queen of Naboo

which would suggest that she abdicated as that is the only way (aside death) that a monarch can stop being the monarch.

Best Answer

Naboo doesn't have a kingship like we are used to, where kings/queens are bloodline royalty for life (or exile, natch). A preteen/teen is elected "Queen" (or King), and gives up the throne after some years. Two terms max, constitutionally limited.

She then was appointed Senator, a completely mutually exclusive event.

Naboo's system works more like modern day US presidential system. The title of "Queen" simply confuses things for us/the audience.

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Is Padmé Amidala a princess?

When Padme was 13, she was elected Princess of Theed and, at 14, she was elected Queen of Naboo. Padme took Amidala as her royal name during her two terms in office.

Why do they call Padmé Amidala?

Despite the humble background of the Naberrie family, Padm\xe9 was identified early for her potential in public service. Devoting her life to civic duty, she was elected queen and, therefore, adopted the regnal name "Amidala" in 32 BBY.

Is Padmé and Queen Amidala the same?

Near the end of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Queen Amidala reveals that she's also Padme, one of the Queen's handmaidens. She would travel freely as Padme, and have Sabe, one of her handmaidens, be a decoy Queen. The Queen of Naboo is an elected office.

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