In the 12th year of Akhenaten’s reign, Nefertiti's disappears. Some think she either died from a plague that swept through the area, fell out of favour, or even was murdered.

Shortly after her disappearance from the historical record, Akhenaten took on a co-regent with whom he shared the throne of Egypt. This has caused considerable speculation as to the identity of that person. Was it Nefertiti?

Another theory introduces the idea of there being two co-regents. One called Smenkhkare and the other being Nefertiti under the name Neferneferuaten.

Some theories hold that Nefertiti was still alive when her stepson, Tutankhamun, came to the throne. At this point in time, he was called Tutankhaten. The ‘aten’ in his name owing to the religious beliefs of his family. In this theory, Nefertiti dies around the third year of Tut’s reign, to which he then changed his name to Tutankhamun.

Even if Nefertiti didn’t rule independently after Akhenaten’s death, it is clear that she held an immense amount of power over her subjects. In my opinion, she pulled the strings on events for as long as she was able until she mysteriously vanished from history.

Mostly forgotten until her famous bust was found.