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Bess of Hardwick/Elizabeth I: "The Hardwick Portrait", c1599, by Nicholas Hilliard and his workshop was commissioned by Bess of Hardwick. Bess also embroidered the skirt the queen is wearing in the portrait. The elaborate design includes flowers, sea serpents, and dragons. The painting can be viewed still at Hardwick Hall.
Queen Elizabeth I. With what looks like Mauve agates which we saw used in her personal travel cutlery also. Although more likely to be dyed mauve lavender pearls. With white pearls draped around her neck closer to her face and of course the magnificent Pearl Drop Earrings
Queen Elizabeth I surrounded herself with highly intelligent and loyal advisors, such as Sir William Cecil, Sir Francis Walsingham, and Sir Robert Cecil, who gave her sound political advice. A major accomplishment of the Elizabethan government was the defeat of the Spanish Armada of 132 ships by the English fleet of just 34 ships and 163 armed merchant vessels, under the command of the Queen's cousin, Lord Howard of Effingham, and Sir Francis Drake and Sir John Hawkins.