Egyptian Princess Fawzia Fuad

The office of king was central to the existence of the state of Egypt. The king was a point of contact between the divine and human worlds, and was responsible for governing the country in a manner that would uphold Ma’at (a complex idea encompassing truth, justice and the correct order of all things).  The members of the extended royal family were defined in terms of their relationship to the king. In the early dynastic period and the Old Kingdom, many of the members of the royal family held positions of power within the government and bureaucracy of Egypt.