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    "There were formerly two pearls, the largest that had been ever seen in the whole world: Cleopatra, the last of the queens of Egypt, was in possession of them both, they having come to her by descent from the kings of the East." This is the largest round pearl in the world now.

    The secrets of this beautiful locket ring were not discovered until it was removed from Elizabeth I’s finger after she died in 1603. The mother-of-pearl ring with rubies in the band and diamonds on the facade was hiding two miniature enamel portraits, one of Elizabeth herself and the other believed to be her mother, Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded when Elizabeth was just two years old.

    Edward VI's "Devise for the Succession," making Jane Grey his heir to the throne of England.

    Tudor tree from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth I. Found from a very cool website where the blogger says, "Ask Henry" and answers questions as if he were Henry!

    Letter written by Anne Boleyn to her father

    The Queen's Coronation Dress is displayed at Buckingham Palace as part of an exhibition to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation, 26 July 2013.

    The coronation robe of Catherine of Aragon forms part of the Throckmorton collection.

    The one Henry VIII forgot: A monogram of his initial and that of Anne Boleyn, at Hampton Court under the clock tower. When Anne was executed he ordered them all destroyed. But it was a rush job. And they missed 1!!!!

    Henry VIII's armours were made for him personally. H and K - for Henry and Katherine of Aragon, his first wife - were entwined in applied copper alloy along the border of Henry's skirt. (From Henry VIII's silvered and engraved armour, about 1515) © The Board of Trustees of the Royal Armouries

    Viking Helmet

    Glove of Elizabeth I

    'Mary Mary Quite Contrary' - Meaning behind the Nursery Rhyme.

    Light field armour of Sir John Smythe, c.1585

    Late 13th C knight in All Saints' church in Goxhill, Lincolnshire. Unidentified, but of the right era to be Sir Ralph of Goxhill. Don't know for sure, but it could be him. (Ralph d. before 30 August 1294.)

    Marie Antoinette's gown.

    Death mask of Mary, Queen Of Scots, made not long after her execution.

    Jane Seymour - Wedding Dress

    Plate armour for Henry II of France, made around 1555.

    This gold locket dates from the late 16th century. Known as the 'Penicuik Jewels', they are said to have belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots. They were long preserved by the Clerks of Penicuik as relics of Mary.

    Iron Maiden

    Henry VIII's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, had been pregnant six times, but only one baby survived: Mary, born in 1516. This letter was written two years later by Henry VIII to Cardinal Wolsey, while Catherine was pregnant for the last time. He writes: 'I trust the quene my wyfe be with chylde'.

    Official letter of Lady Jane Grey signing herself as "Jane the Quene"

    Last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots. In her last letter, Mary claims that she is being persecuted solely for her faith and for her rights to the English throne. She asks Henri to take care of her servants. Her letter was handed to Bourgoing, her personal physician, and conveyed to the French king. It later passed into the hands of the Scots College in Paris and was bought by the Advocates Library (the precursor of the National Library of Scotland) in 1918.

    1533: Princess Elizabeth's christening gown, sewn and embroidered by her mother, Anne Boleyn

    Love letter from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn.