Graffiti- The flowers around the Dudley family arms represent the names of the brothers who were imprisoned in the Tower between 1553-4 , as result of the attempt by their father to put Lady Jane Grey upon the throne. The roses are for Ambrose, carnations (known as gillyflowers) for Guildford, oak leaves for Robert – from robur, Latin for oak – and honeysuckle for Henry. All four were condemned as traitors in 1553. After the execution of Guildford, the others were pardoned and released.
Grace O'Malley was a tough-ass 16th century Irish warrior chick who led a horde of broadsword-swinging Vikings, Celts, and Scottish Highlanders in naval operations that would dominate the coast of Ireland for a couple of decades. Known to her contemporaries as "The Pirate Queen of Connaught," this estrogenocidal ginger gunslinger raided shipping vessels, battled English armies, conquered castles from rival Irish clans, and once traveled to London just so she could talk shit to Queen Elizabeth...
Town dress with chemisette owned by Empress Josephine, First Empire From the Chateau de Malmaision Costume Collection white muslin, embroidered with a sprinkling of flowers and embellished with a ruché trim. This outfit comes from the family of Madame Poyard who looked after the Empress’s wardrobe after 1809.”
Prince Albert gave this to Queen Victoria as a anniversary gift. The little oranges symbolize their children. He had it custom made for her and added the additional pieces over the following years. Victoria always wore the tiara on her wedding anniversary even after his death.
In Scottish royal iconography from the reign of King James III (reigned 1460-88) the royal arms are represented surrounded by a collar of thistles and rue, with a pendant badge showing St Andrew holding his cross. It was not, however, until 1687 that a formally statuted "Most Ancient and Noble Order of the Thistle" was founded by King James VII.
The Delhi Durbar Tiara (British) created for Queen Mary by Garrard in 1911 so she would have a tiara to wear abroad. British crown jewels are not allowed to leave the country. It was worn with a band of emeralds and sometimes with two large diamonds. Not worn for 60 years, until Camilla wore it for her first royal appearance.
Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1844, is signed, dated and inscribed on the counter-enamel: Mary Tudor / widow of Louis XII King / of France & / Duchess of Suffolk / Painted by W. Essex, 1844 / Enamel painter to / Her Majesty & H.R.H. Prince Albert.
Crown of an English Queen - probably belonged to King Edward III or Anne of Bohemia, the wife of King Richard II, who was deposed that year by Henry IV. Henry's daughter, Princess Blanche, married the Palatine Elector Ludwig III in 1402 and eventually made its way into the Bavarian treasury
Sir Richard Pole was invested a Knight of the Garter in 1499 for his efforts as Chief Gentleman of the Privy Chamber to Prince Arthur. Pole, a half cousin to Henry VII was married to Margaret Plantagenet. She was later executed in Henry VIII's reign because of her royal Plantagenet connections.