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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.

Catherine de' Medici has been called the most powerful woman in sixteenth-century Europe. She and other members of her family were often very controversial and ruthless. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

Elisabeth of Valois by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, 1565. Eldest daughter of Henry II of France and Catherine de Medici, sister of Francis II of France, and sister-in-law and close friend of Mary Queen of Scots. She married Philip II of Spain afer the death of Mary I of England.

Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561.

family tree of Mary Queen of Scots. Why does this remind me of Harry Potter?

Queen Elisabeth de Valois (1546-1568), third wife of Felipe II Author: Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan. It is probably copy of original painting by Anguissola Sofonisba1606: Prado Museum

"Mary, Queen of Scots, age 9" I have never been quite convinced that this is Mary--Mary had a long, narrow, beaky nose (not unlike her cousin Elizabeth's) and this lady's nose is positively snub! If it's Mary, it certainly doesn't look like the Clouet portraits.

Queen Mary. The family called her Mae. She was engaged to the eldest son of Edward VII, the Duke of Clarence. He died of influenza. George the second son fell in love with her and they married.

Mary Stuart ~ Beautiful & charming, with no judgment. ~ Popularly known as Mary, Queen of Scots, her tragic life has made her one of the best-known women of her time. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567.

1574-55 Mary Stuart by Federico Zuccari (or Zuccaro). Need to research this further. Ah! Having done so, this is a portrait awaiting a better attribution. It's not Mary Queen of Scots and it's not Elizabeth.

Mary Queen of Scots by François Clouet | Flickr - Photo Sharing!