This typically happened because of high death rates, in the days before modern medicine (especially children and infants), or the branching out of dynasties. We've seen this in the Habsburgs, Bourbons, Coburgs, and Glücksburgs - where a number of cadet members of the houses would never have acquired crowns, had they not been offered them elsewhere.
So even though a consort may not qualify as a sovereign in her own right, I think it impressive nonetheless for a royal to *boast* more than one child sitting on a throne of some sort -- especially in the last century. Such as King Leopold III of the Belgians and his first wife, born Princess Astrid of Sweden.
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