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  • Philip Christopher von Königsmarck (1665 - 1694)
    Philip Christoph von Königsmarck (4 March 1665 – 2 July 1694), also spelled Philipp, was a Swedish count and soldier. He was allegedly the lover of Sophia Dorothea, Princess of Celle, the wife of Duke ...
  • Jacquette Gyldenstolpe (1797 - 1839)
    Gustava Charlotta Jacquette Aurora Gyldenstolpe was a Swedish noble and lady-in-waiting. She is known as the mistress of Oscar I of Sweden in circa 1819-1827. Jaquette Gyldenstolpe served as maid of ...
  • Frille Tove (bef.1327 - d.)
    Tove Även om hon kan ha varit en frilla till Valdemar efter dennes äktenskap före den 4 Jun 1340 med Heilwig von Schleswig, är det mer troligt att hon var det innan, således kan man anta utifrån det ...
  • Sophie Frederikke Tronier (1785 - 1845)
    Sophie Frederikke Kraft (born Tronier), 1785 - 1845 Christian 8. Konge af Danmark, konge af Norge - Google Books Result :::Henning Dehn-Nielsen - 2016 - ‎Biography & Autobiography - Mere end med noge...
  • Margarethe von Pape, Friherreinde af Løvendal (c.1620 - 1684)
    Margrethe Pape , Friherreinde af Løvendal var datter af Nicolaus von Pape, hoffmester for det adelige frøkenkloster i Itzehoe (3 røde hjerter i gull) og hans hustru Anna. Før sit ægteskab med dronnin...

Royal mistress

A royal mistress is the historical position of a mistress to a monarch or an heir apparent. Some mistresses have had considerable power. These powerful mistresses have been commonly referred to as the "power behind the throne". The prevalence of the institution can be attributed to the fact that royal marriages were until recent times conducted solely on the basis of political and dynastic considerations, leaving little space for the monarch's personal preferences in the choice of a mate.

In European history the children of mistresses were not normally included in the line of succession, except perhaps when secret marriages were alleged. Hence the Monmouth Rebellion when James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth claimed the thrones of England and Scotland on the grounds that his mother had been the wife, rather than a mistress of Charles II.

Lists of Royal mistresses