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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

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

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Mary, Queen of Scots, with Francis II

Francis II of France & his wife Mary, Queen of Scots. (The double portrait was taken from Francis' mother, Catherine De Medici's "Book of Hours".)

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.

Mary Queen of Scots and her son James, who would later take the throne after Queen Elizabeths death. Queen Elizabeth hated Mary & her Catholic faith, Elizabeth jailed Mary in the tower for a total 19 years before executing her. James grew up alone and mistreated by his uncle, he lost his mother in his life shortly after this painting. Mary had sought out Elizabeths protection, but she was refused & imprisoned, never once seeing Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth was after all still her fathers…

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The death of Queen Elizabeth I

The death of Queen Elizabeth I., as imagined by artist, Paul Delaroche (1828). In March 1603 Elizabeth was described as being unwell and seemed depressed. She took up residence in one of her favourite palaces – Richmond – close to the River Thames. She refused to allow herself to be examined, and she refused take to her bed – standing for hours on end. As her condition deteriorated her ladies-in-waiting spread cushions on the floor, and Elizabeth eventually lay down on them.

Marie Therese, daughter, and only surviving child, of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI of France, Duchess of Angouleme, Dauphine, and for twenty minutes between two abdications in 1830, Queen of France.

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, 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.

Elizabeth of Valois - eldest daughter of Henry II of France & Catherine de' Medici. Her father insisted she shared 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.

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Who Were the Plantagenet Queens of England?

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

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.

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.

Marguerite de Valois, painted by Clouet in 1560. Photo: Musée Condé, Chantilly. Marguerite was the daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici, and the sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. She became Queen of France and of Navarre during the late sixteenth century.