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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.

Henry II of France, husband of Catherine de Medici, and Father-in-law of Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587 - (Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland) was queen regnant of Scotland. Mary spent most of her childhood in France whilst Scotland was ruled by regents, and in 1558, she married Francis, Dauphin of France. Vivacious, beautiful, and clever, Mary had a promising childhood. She was considered a pretty child and later, as a woman, strikingly attractive. She was a favourite with everyone, except Henry II's wife Catherine de' Medici.

Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587 - (Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland) was queen regnant of Scotland. Mary spent most of her childhood in France whilst Scotland was ruled by regents, and in 1558, she married Francis, Dauphin of France. Vivacious, beautiful, and clever, Mary had a promising childhood. She was considered a pretty child and later, as a woman, strikingly attractive. She was a favourite with everyone, except Henry II's wife Catherine de' Medici.

Margaret of France (French: Marguerite de France or Marguerite de Valois, 1553 – 1615) was Queen of France and of Navarre during the late sixteenth century. A royal princess of France by birth, she was the last of the House of Valois.,Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.

1565 Elisabeth de Valois by Sofonisba Anguissola. Born at Fontainebleau, her childhood was spent in the French royal nursery. She shared her bedroom with her future sister-in-law, Mary, Queen of Scots, who was about the same age. Even though then Elisabeth had to give precedence to Mary, the two would remain close friends for the rest of their lives. At her wedding she met the painter Sofonisba Anguissola. Elisabeth had been an amateur painter before, but Anguissola helped her improve her skill.

Marie of Cleves or of Nevers (1553–1574) - Princess of Condé, wife of Henry, Prince of Condé, & an early love interest of King Henry III of France. Known for her beauty, Marie caught the eye of the young Henry III. Upon ascending the throne, Henry intended to procure Marie a divorce from her husband and marry her himself. Marie died before he could implement his plan. King Henry III would mourn for several months and eventually marry Louise de Lorraine-Vaudémont, who greatly resembled Marie.

MARGUERITE DE VALOIS (1553-1615) - Queen of Navarre 1572 and Queen of France 1589 - married to HENRI IV DE BOURBON - daughter of HENRI II DE VALOIS & CATHERINE DE MEDICI

Claude of France (1499 - 1524) - princess & queen consort of France & ruling Duchess of Brittany. Spouse of Francis I of France, mother of Henry II, & grandmother of the last three kings of the Valois line. Two of Claude's ladies-in-waiting were the English sisters Mary & Anne Boleyn, & another was Diane de Poitiers. Mary became the king's mistress. Anne Boleyn eventually became Queen of England. Diane de Poitiers inspired the School of Fontainebleau & was the lifelong mistress of Henri II.

Claude of France (1499 - 1524) - princess & queen consort of France & ruling Duchess of Brittany. Spouse of Francis I of France, mother of Henry II, & grandmother of the last three kings of the Valois line. Two of Claude's ladies-in-waiting were the English sisters Mary & Anne Boleyn, & another was Diane de Poitiers. Mary became the king's mistress. Anne Boleyn eventually became Queen of England. Diane de Poitiers inspired the School of Fontainebleau & was the lifelong mistress of Henri II.