ELISABETH DE VALOIS (1545-1568) - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. She married Philip II of Spain. Her dress is closed in front at the bottom with FROGS not AGLETS. NO INFO on painter, date painted, location wiki photo

Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, Anne Boleyns mother.

King James V of Scotland, son of Margaret Tudor, and Queen Marie de Guise, parents of Mary, Queen of Scots

Isabel (Elizabeth) of Valois (b. 1546), daughter of Henri II of France and Catherine de Medici. Married Philip II of Spain as his third wife. Artist Juan Pantoja de la Cruz

Mary Queen of Scots

Anne of Cleves ca. 1539

Nicholas II and the Romanovs colourized.

Katherine of Aragon, 1st Queen of Henry VIII

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.

Rarely seen portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

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.

phillipa- do I need another reason. Yes, there once was a Queen Philippa!

Queen Isabella of Castille, mother of Henry VIII.'s first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

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. Wearing white was the official sign of mourning worn by women of royal blood or high-ranking courtiers.

A portrait of Phillip II (1527-1598), King of Spain. After Anthonis Mor, 1558. Philip's wife Mary I of England died the same year that this portrait was painted.

A beautiful posthumous painting of Isabel of Castile; Renaissance Queen of Spain along side her husband Ferdinand of Aragon II. Isabel was mother to Juana of Castile & Katharine of Aragon.

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.

Lucrezia Borgia

ca. 1515 Mary Tudor closeup from portrait with Henry Brandon attributed to Jan Mabuse (Woburn Abbey - Woburn, Bedfordshire). Mary goes all out wearing an extensively jeweled dress with a gorgeous French hood in this Mabuse portrait. Her dress has slashed sleeves. If this work dates to around 1515, it shows the outlines of 1500s English and French dress were set early in the century.

Mary Queen of Scots - (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.