Since Thutmose III was too young to assume the throne unaided,Hatshepsut served as his regent. Initially, Hatshepsut bore thisrole traditionally until, for reasons that are unclear, she claimedthe role of pharaoh. Technically, Hatshepsut did not ‘usurp’ thecrown, as Thutmose the III was never deposed and was consideredco-ruler throughout her life, but it is clear that Hatshepsut wasthe principal ruler in power. He was her nephew. When she died, hetried to erase her history.