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The 9 most iconic female duos in history

Business Insider India Logo By Business Insider India of Business Insider India | Slide 1 of 9: Mary Dudley was a member of Elizabeth's court and the sister of Robert Dudley, the queen's widely rumored long-term lover.
The two became close in the first few years of the Queen's reign when Mary nursed Elizabeth through a deadly battle with smallpox in 1562, which left Mary permanently disfigured.
Elizabeth fully recovered and though Mary eventually left the court in 1579, their friendship lasted the rest of their lives.

Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Dudley

Mary Dudley was a member of Elizabeth's court and the sister of Robert Dudley, the queen's widely rumored long-term lover. The two became close in the first few years of the Queen's reign when Mary nursed Elizabeth through a deadly battle with smallpox in 1562, which left Mary permanently disfigured. Elizabeth fully recovered and though Mary eventually left the court in 1579, their friendship lasted the rest of their lives.
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