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Cecily1Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (1415-1495.)

Cecily was known as the “Rose of Raby” because she was born at Raby Castle, but she was also known as “Proud Cis” for having a healthy ego as well as a hot temper. She was the mother of two kings of England- Edward IV and Richard III.

Since Henry VIII, every English Monarch is descended from her.

Today was her birthday- and since I love a great headpiece, I felt the need to paint this lovely woman.

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