Anne of Cleves

Queen Mary I’s Coronation

On 30 September 1553 England’s first undisputed Queen regnant left the Tower of London to be crowned. She headed for the Palace of Westminster first in a procession through the city. Mary had given Elizabeth a prominent role in the proceedings. It would be an amazing event, to showcase the monarch’s magnificence and power, even [read more]

Mary I of England

The many faces of Queen Mary I

Mary was first painted circa 1525 when she was engaged to her cousin, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. You can see her wearing a brooch with the inscription “The Empour (the Emperor)”. During the King’s Great Matter no portraits were painted of her, and it wasn’t until 1544 that Mary appears once more. In the [read more]