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William Cecil, Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I's chief councillor and friend by lisby1, via Flickr
Elizabeth the first. Tudor queen of England and Ireland, nicknamed 'Gloriana' and the 'Virgin Queen' who overcame many challenges and threats at home and from abroad to preside over a perceived 'golden age' in English history.
2011: At grandson's Prince William Wedding to Kate Middleton. Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) (1926-living2013) UK & husband Prince Phillip Duke of Edinburgh (Philip Mountbatten-born Prince Philip) (1921-living2013) Greece by unknown artist.
Elizabeth I: The Rainbow Portrait. Painted ca. 1600 when she was in her 60's and is attributed to Isaac Oliver. The most symbolic painting of the Queen, the ageless Elizabeth appears dressed as if for a masque… wearing symbols out of the popular emblem books: the cloak with eyes and ears, the serpent of wisdom, the celestial armillary sphere, and carries a rainbow with the motto non sine sol iris ("no rainbow without the sun").