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Elizabeth of Valois - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. Her father insisted she share her bedroom w/ her future sister-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots. She had to give precedence to Mary –a crowned queen. The 2 would remain close friends the rest of their lives. Though her sister Margaret & Mary of Scots were prettier, she was still considered attractive. She married to Philip II of Spain. Philip was enchanted by his 14 yr old bride & gave up his mistress.

A rare English portrait in needlework depicting Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1580.

Elenor of Aquitaine...The only woman to be a Queen of both England and a Queen of France

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Sketch of 12 or 13 year old Mary Stuart, by Francois Clouet, c1555. Clouet was court painter to Mary's father-in-law, King Henry II of France. As such, he sketched and painted Mary several times. I love most of his work and this sketch is particularly beautiful. Other artists often imitated his style.

Robert Wilson, A Letter To Queen Victoria

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