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The Execution of Lady Jane Grey--No doubt how the painter views Lady Jane. An innocent all in white.


Lady Jane Grey was pronounced Queen of England on this day 9th July, 1553 in succession to Edward VI. Her reign lasted only nine days. Her successor was Mary I


This very rare image of the ‘nine day Queen’ by Lucas de Heere was owned by Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough. Lady Jane is shown as a girl in her family home of Bradgate, in Leicestershire, before her ascension to the throne. Caught up in the scheming of various factions at court, the teenaged Lady Jane was used as a puppet to block the claims of the Catholic Mary Tudor. Ousted from the throne, Lady Jane was executed at the Tower of London in 1554.

"Jane" carved into the wall of a room in the Beauchamp Tower in the Tower of London. It is believed (no absolute proof available) that it was carved by Guildford Dudley, husband of Lady Jane Grey. They were both executed (along with a number of other people) for trying to put Jane on the throne. I find this quite poignant -- in prison, awaiting execution, this young man chose to commemorate his wife, not himself. Evidence of true love?


Execution of Lady Jane Grey, the nine days queen is an oil painting by Paul Delaroche completed in 1833.