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Queen Henrietta Maria of France, Wife of King Charles I of England, (Grandmother of Queen Mary II and Queen Anne) with the dwarf, Sir Jeffrey Hudson, 1633

Maria, Queen of Hungary, Niece of Catherine of Aragon. She was daughter to Philip I of Castile "The Handsome" and Joanna "The Mad" of Castile. Maria, Queen of Hungary, Niece of Catherine of Aragon She was born in Brussels to Philip I of Castile ("the Handsome") and Joanna "The Mad" of Castile. Her paternal grandparents were Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor and his first wife Mary of Burgundy. Her maternal grandparents were Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella of Castile.

Catherine of Aragon's sister Juana of Castile with her eldest children: Eleanor of Habsburg, Queen of Portugal and France, and Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor.

1575-1578 Elizabeth attributed to Nicholas Hilliard (Anglesey Abbey, Cambridge UK) Queen Elizabeth is dressing more and more strikingly as her reign advances, as shown in this 1575-1578 portrait.

Lettice Knollys, Countess of Essex (1st husband Walter Devereaux), then Countess of Leicester (2nd husband Robert Dudley). The marriage of her cousin to her favorite so enraged the Queen she banished then both from court, relenting only for Dudley, her favorite. Lettice she ever referred to as the 'she-wolf'.

You'll Never Guess Who This Woman's Godmother Was

Lady Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies, photographed by Camille Silvy, 1862 Sarah Forbes Bonetta Davies was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years old. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She spent her...