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    Shakespeare's Memorial - This bust of the Bard, William Shakespeare, was commissioned by his widow and friends in 1623, just 7 years after his death. It was carved by Gerard Jansen and is considered to be a very good representation of how Shakespeare looked. The memorial overlooks his tomb in the chancel of Holy Trinity church in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    Shakespeare in love

    A Stained Glass Portrait of Catherine of Aragon: A portrait of the young queen at the height of her beauty and the king's love, circa 1512. The Chapel at The Vyne

    The Chequers Ring--it is believed that Elizabeth I was wearing this ring at her death. This view shows Anne Boleyn's portrait.

    Portrait of Mary Rodgers, Lady Harrington, circa 1577. Mary was the second wife of Queen Elizabeth I's godson, Sir John Harrington, who is credited as the inventor of the flush toilet in England.

    Giovanni Battista Moroni, Portrait of Isotta Brembati 1550's.

    Portrait of the cavalier in red 1560 Antonio Moroni, Bergamo. National Gallery of Australia

    Timeline of the British Monarchy

    '...coat of arms of Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII. A woman's coat of arms were usually diamond shaped like this. The crown and Tudor roses show her royal status."

    Brass Engraving of Elizabeth Blount, Baroness Talboys of Kyme / Baroness Clinton of Marstoke-B. ABT. 1502/12-D. AFT 6 Feb 1539. Bessie, as she was known to Henry VIII., Charles Brandon, and others, "wan the King's harte", late in 1514 or early 1515. She became Henry's Mistress, and gave birth to his son, Henry Fitzroy, who became the Duke of Richmond.

    Queen Victoria at Aston Hall

    Mary Tudor Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VII. Detail of Mary from a manuscript depicting Mary and her first husband, the aged Louis XII of France. Mary (1496-1533) married Louis in October 1514; the marriage was brief as Louis died the following January. Despite later marrying Charles Brandon, she was forever known as "The French Queen".

    The Tomb of Lady Catherine Grey (1540 - 1568) and Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford (1539-1621) Salisbury Cathedral. The younger sister of Lady Jane Grey, Catherine was a granddaughter of Henry VIII's sister Mary, and a potential successor to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England, but incurred Elizabeth's wrath by her secret marriage to Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford.

    Sir Walter Raleigh's cell in the Tower of London by Fred Dawson, via Flickr

    Lady Mary Dudley, c. 1550–1555, attributed to Hans Eworth (Flemish, 1520-1574)