The actual coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth I. It is amazing it survived the English Civil War and Cromwell's wrath. Most of Elizabeth's royal jewels and regalia were melted down or destroyed.

The actual coronation gown of Queen Elizabeth I. It is amazing it survived the English Civil War and Cromwell's wrath. Most of Elizabeth's royal jewels and regalia were melted down or destroyed.

MARGUERITE DE VALOIS (1553-1615) Queen of Navarre 1572 and Queen of France 1589 - She was the last of the House of Valois - Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.

MARGUERITE DE VALOIS (1553-1615) Queen of Navarre 1572 and Queen of France 1589 - She was the last of the House of Valois - Daughter of King Henry II of France and Catherine de' Medici sister of Kings Francis II, Charles IX and Henry III and of Queen Elizabeth of Spain. Queen of 2 countries, for she had married King Henry III of Navarre who became King Henry IV of France.

Linen smock with silk and metal thread embroidery. Italian, late 16th century. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Linen smock with silk and metal thread embroidery. Italian, late 16th century. Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Ruff collars from 1560 to 1600. More interesting imagery and comparisons between styles in different European countries via this pin.

Ruff collars from 1560 to 1600. More interesting imagery and comparisons between styles in different European countries via this pin.

The Ruff One of the most extravagant clothing items of the 16th Century was the ruff, a detachable pleated collar supported by a wire frame, that reached enormous proportions. The style has its roots in the East, where Indians wore collars stiffened with rice water, to protect their clothes from their hair.

The Ruff One of the most extravagant clothing items of the 16th Century was the ruff, a detachable pleated collar supported by a wire frame, that reached enormous proportions. The style has its roots in the East, where Indians wore collars stiffened with rice water, to protect their clothes from their hair.

The 'everyday dress' is of a wool/linen weave in a white and green diamond pattern, probably from around 1550

The 'everyday dress' is of a wool/linen weave in a white and green diamond pattern, probably from around 1550

Elizabeth’s Purple Gown (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007). (Source: costumersguide.com) Cate Blanchett

Elizabeth’s Purple Gown (Elizabeth: The Golden Age, 2007). (Source: costumersguide.com) Cate Blanchett

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