When the gods send you a blessing, you don't ask why it was sent.
~ Queen Tuya.

Queen Tuya is a minor yet pivotal character of the 1998 film The Prince of Egypt.

She was the queen of Egypt, the wife and consort of Set I, the mother of Ramses II and the adoptive mother of Moses. When Moses was a baby, his mother Yocheved set Moses adrift in a basket. The basket ended up at the palace where Moses was found by Tuya and raised as her own son.

Tuya was voiced by Helen Mirren who also played Dean Hardscrabble in Monsters University and her singing voice by Linda Dee Shayne.

Personality

Unlike her husband, Tuya was very kind and loving like when she discovered and adopted Moses. This is also shown when she made Seti stop scolding Ramses which shows that they do love each other. She can also be saddened like when Moses humiliated Tzipporah. She also tried to assure Moses that he really belonged in Egypt when he discovered his true heritage. Despite caring for Moses even though she may have known who he was, it is unknown how she viewed her husband’s genocide of Hebrews or the Hebrews in general. 

Film Role

Tuya is first seen with a toddler Ramses until the basket containing baby Moses (who was sent adrift by Yocheved to protect him from Seti who ordered all male babies to be thrown into the Nile) arrived at the palace where Tuya discovers the baby, adopts it and names him Moses.

Years later, she is present when after Moses and Ramses destroyed a temple while racing through it, Seti scolds them for this but takes his anger at Ramses by calling him a "weak link" but Tuya makes him end the scolding. However, Moses requests that Ramses be given a chance to prove himself in which Seti agrees. Tuya then was at the banquet where Ramses was appointed Prince Regent and Moses as Royal Chief Architect. However, when Moses humiliates Tzipporah by letting her fall into a pond, Tuya becomes disappointed in Moses which makes him regret his actions.

Later, after Moses discovers his true heritage, she admits that he is not truly her son but tries to assure him that he really belongs in Egypt due to the gods sending him there.

She is not seen for the rest of the film implying that she could be dead like her husband.

Quotes

Come, Ramses. We will show Pharaoh your new baby brother. Moses.
~ Queen Tuya naming her adoptive son.
Ah, the young princes. (to Ramses) Ramses, you were just named prince regent. You are now responsible for overseeing all the temples. I suggest you get over there... and thank your father. (to Moses) Apparently, Moses, someone thought he... Just needed the opportunity.
~ Queen Tuya to Ramses and Moses.
Queen Tuya: "Moses?"
Moses: "Is this where you found me?"
Queen Tuya: "Moses, please try to understand."
Moses: "So- So everything I thought, everything I am, is a lie."
Queen Tuya: "No. You are our son, and we love you."
Moses: "Why did you choose me?"
Queen Tuya: "We didn't, Moses. The gods did."
~ Queen Tuya comforting Moses after he foud out about his true heritage.

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  • In the original story, it is Pharaoh's daughter (who is revealed to be Bithiah) who discovers and adopts Moses.

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