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  • Sally Fairfax (Cary) (1730 - 1811)
    Sally Cary-Fairfax was the wife of George William Fairfax, a prominent member of the landed gentry of late colonial Virginia. She was mistress of the Virginia plantation and estate of Belvoir. More here:
  • Mary Boleyn (c.1499 - 1543)
    ========================================================= "Mary Boleyn (c. 1499/1500 – 19 July 1543) was the sister of English queen consort Anne Boleyn and a member of the Boleyn family, which enjoye...
  • Count Axel von Fersen, Jr., Marshal of the Realm of Sweden (1755 - 1810)
    Hans Axel von Fersen (Stockholm 4 September 1755 - Stockholm 20 June 1810) was a Swedish Count, a Lieutenant General in the Royal Swedish Army, one of the Lords of the Realm, diplomat and statesman. He...
  • 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 ho...

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