The "Hampden" portrait, by Steven van der Meulen, ca. 1563. This is the earliest full-length portrait of the queen, made before the emergence of symbolic portraits representing the iconography of the "Virgin Queen". Her farthingale has not yet become the massive Cartwheel. She wears SHOULDER WIGS/ CRESCENTS, slashed sleeves, and a small ruff.
Beautiful statue of Bertada of Laon - the mother of Charlemagne, the last Merovingian Queen, the wife of Pepin the Great and my 36th, 37th (x2) 38th, (x3) 39th, (x2) 40th (x2), 42nd & 43rd GGM. Buried at the Basilica of St Denis, Paris.
On 9 September 1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies.
Elizabeth I, the Sieve portrait by Quentin Metsys, c. 1583. An allegorical portrait: Elizabeth portrays a Vestal Virgin who carried water in a sieve from the Tiber to the temple of Vesta. Her pearls are a symbol of virginity and the globe indicates her regal status.