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Catherine The Great

Ruffs were often colored during starching process, vegetable dyes were used to give the ruff a yellow, pink or mauve tint. 1565 Margaret Clifford, Countess of Derby, or A Lady of the Wentworth Family, by Hans Eworth. [Elizabethan]

Catherine of Aragon

Queen of England, Mary I - Daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon

Henry Brandon, 1st Earl of Lincoln (ca. 1523 – 1 March 1534 Southwark ) was the youngest child and second son born to Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk and Mary Tudor, Queen of France, Thus Henry Brandon was nephew to Henry VIII of England. He and his older brother (1516-1522) are often mistakenly thought to be the same person, because both died as children and bore the same name. It was not unusual in Tudor times to name a child after a deceased sibling.

Charles Brandon and Princess Mary Tudor- love that braved Henry VIII's displeasure

Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, grandmother of Henry VIII, Margaret, and Mary Tudor

Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, 1st Viscount Lisle KG (c.1484 – 22 August 1545) was the son of Sir William Brandon and Elizabeth Bruyn. Through his third wife Mary Tudor he was brother-in-law to Henry VIII. His father was the standard-bearer of Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond (later King Henry VII) and was slain by Richard III in person at the battle of Bosworth Field. Suffolk died of unknown causes at Guildford.

Mary Tudor (18 March 1496 – 25 June 1533), the younger sister of Henry VIII of England, was Queen of France for the last three months of 1514. The daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, Mary became the third wife of Louis XII of France, more than 30 years her senior. Following his death, she married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. The marriage, which was performed secretly in France, took place without her brother's consent.

Isabelle of Castile, Mother of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine Of Aragon's balcony at the chapel at Windsor