- "I'm glad to see that my handmaidens are so well trained."
- ―Queen Amidala
Handmaidens in the galaxyEdit
Perhaps the most notable of handmaidens were the handmaidens of the Monarch of Naboo. An unidentified Queen, who reigned long before the Invasion of Naboo, began the custom for Naboo monarchs to have an entourage of handmaidens to ensure their safety. During the reign of Queen Amidala, the handmaidens bore a striking resemblance to their mistress. They were members of the secret Order of Sanctuary and were highly trained in order to act as bodyguards, decoys and confidantes to the Queen, roles devised by Captain Panaka. Queens Jamillia, Apailana and Kylantha were also known to employ handmaidens.
Handmaidens of Jedi Master AtrisEdit
Handmaidens of the Monarchs of NabooEdit
Handmaidens of Queen AmidalaEdit
During her career, Amidala was also attended to by three other handmaidens, but at unknown times:
Handmaidens of Queen KylanthaEdit
Other handmaidens served the Queen, however their names are unknown.
Behind the scenesEdit
The idea of having handmaiden lookalikes first appeared in George Lucas's rough draft to Star Wars, where two handmaidens named Alana and Mina accompanied Leia to the Chatos Academy. One of the two took the Princess's place to mislead the Empire when Annikin Starkiller spirited her to safety as the Empire's Space Fortress arrived at Aquilae.
With the exception of Teckla Minnau, all known handmaidens of Padmé Amidala seem to have the same last letter of their names. Whether this is a coincidence or the handmaidens changed their names as a custom has not been revealed.
- Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- Star Wars: Darth Plagueis
- "A Summer's Dream"—Star Wars Tales 5
- Queen in Disguise
- Cloak of Deception (Appears in hologram)
- The Queen's Amulet
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace novel (First appearance)
- Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / comic / junior novel
- HoloNet News Vol. 531 52 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
- Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / novel / comic / junior novel
- HoloNet News Vol. 531 56 (content now unavailable; backup links 1 2 on Archive.org) —
- Star Wars: Republic 71: The Dreadnaughts of Rendili, Part 3
- "In Triplicate"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.3
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
- Yoda: Dark Rendezvous
- Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / novel / comic / junior novel
- Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ The Official Star Wars Fact File remake 4 (AMI 1-4, Padmé Amidala)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- ↑ Star Wars: Invasion of Theed Adventure Game
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Pursuit of Peace"
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "In Triplicate"—Star Wars: The Clone Wars Comic UK 6.3
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Rogues Gallery: Loyal to their Queen!"—Star Wars Insider 142
- ↑ The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
- Royal Handmaiden Society Fan site and database about the Handmaiden characters and the actresses
- Star Wars: Fit for a Queen Fan site dedicated to all costumes of Padmé Amidala and her handmaidens with tons of information and images