This very rare image of Lady Jane Grey (1537-1554), who is known as the ‘nine day Queen’ of England, was painted by Lucas de Heere. Lady Jane was quite a scholar and is shown as a girl in her family home of Bradgate, in Leicestershire, before her ascension to the throne. The 16/17 year old Lady Jane was used as a political puppet to block the claims to the throne of Mary Tudor. Ousted after only nine days as Queen, Lady Jane was executed as a usurper at the Tower of London in 1554.
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.