Influential royal mistresses throughout history

Bathsheba was the wife of Uriah the Hittite and mistress to King David. 

Known for being quick-witted and intelligent, Arabella Churchill was the mistress of King James II in 1665. 

Nell Gwynn
She was also known for being the long-time mistress of King Charles II of England.

Mary Boleyn The sister of English Queen Consort Anne Boleyn, she was also one of the mistresses of King Henry VIII. 

Born Marta Samuilovna Skavronskaya, Catherine worked in the household of Prince Alexander Menshikov.

Camilla and the then-Prince of Wales, Charles, first met at a polo match in 1970.

Madame de Pompadour was the official head mistress of King Louis XV from 1745 to 1751.

Alice Keppel 
The British aristocrat meet the king in 1898, when he was still Prince of Wales, and remained by his side until his death.

Diane de Poitiers was a French noblewoman and the mistress of Henry II of France.