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AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE ENGLISH PORTRAIT IN NEEDLEWORK DEPICTING QUEEN ELIZABETH I CIRCA 1580

Elizabeth I.'s 'Sweet Robin'., Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester. A poem, penned by Elizabeth, 'Upon Monsieur's Departure', in French, is supposed to be about Francis, Duc of Anjou and Alencon. But, Dudley left court at the same time as the Duke. I believe the poem was penned about Dudley.

Edward IV, Father of Elizabeth of York, maternal grandfather of Henry VIII, Arthur, Margaret, and Mary Tudor.

Elizabeth Vernon, Countess of Southampton, wife of Henry Wriothesley, lady-in-waiting to Elizabeth I. Lady in Waiting-'A lady of a royal court appointed to serve or attend a Queen, Princess, or high ranking noblewoman. A Lady in Waiting was not quite a servant. Ladies in Waiting were considered 'noble companions' who, by their status and nobility, could better advise a woman of high station.

Mary Queen of Scots. Sketch of 12 or 13 year old Mary, by Francois Clouet, c1555. Clouet was court painter to Mary's father-in-law, King Henry II of France.

Katherine Tudor, great-granddaughter of Henry VII Katheryn was the heiress to the Berain and Penymynydd estates in Denbighshire and Anglesey. She is sometimes referred to as Katheryn Tudor, her father being Tudor ap Robert Vychan and her mother Jane Velville. Her maternal grandfather Sir Roland de Velville (1474 - 6/25/1535) was thought to be an illegitimate son of King Henry VII of England by "a Breton lady".

Robert Dudley,(1532-1588). Earl of Leicester, c1588, by William Segar. Elizabeth I put him in overall command of the English Land Forces during the Spanish Armada. He rode along side her in her great speech to the troops at Tilbury. Dudley was a principle patron of the arts, literature and the theatre. He was a suitor, and close, life long friend of Elizabeth I.