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Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn
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Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn Mary Boleyn (c. 1499-19 July 1543) was a member of the English Boleyn family, which enjoyed considerable influence during the reign of King Henry VIII of England. Mary was the sister of Queen consort Anne Boleyn; some historians claim she was the younger sister, but her children believed Mary was the elder sister, as do most historians today. Mary was one of the mistresses of King Henry VIII. It has been alleged that she bore two of the King's children. Mary was also, rumored to be a mistress of Henry VIII's rival, King Francis I of France. This portrait hangs in Hollyrood Palace, Edinburgh Scotland. The inclusion of this picture in an oval inner frame makes it possible that the original was painted as a pendant to the similar portrait of her husband, Henry Carey. Mary Boleyn is an ancestor of many notables, including Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, Diana, Princess of Wales, Sarah, Duchess of York.