Lady Margaret Beaufort, c1500. This is the most famous portrait of Margaret (1443 to 1509), mother of King Henry VII of England; she kneels in prayer; the room is a superb representation of the typical royal 'closet', or prayer room. The portcullis, the Beauforts' emblem, is visible in the rondelle in the window on the left and in the tapestry on the right. The painting was presented To St John's College in 1598. (Cambridge University)

Lady Margaret Beaufort, c1500. This is the most famous portrait of Margaret (1443 to 1509), mother of King Henry VII of England; she kneels in prayer; the room is a superb representation of the typical royal 'closet', or prayer room. The portcullis, the Beauforts' emblem, is visible in the rondelle in the window on the left and in the tapestry on the right. The painting was presented To St John's College in 1598. (Cambridge University)

HENRY GREY, Duke of Suffolk, third Marquis of Dorset (d. 1554), father of Lady Jane Grey, eldest son of Thomas Grey, second marquis of Dorset, by Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Wotton, succeeded to the title as third marquis in 1530. He owed his high position at court chiefly to his rank and wealth.With the approval of Henry VIII Dorset married in 1533-4 Frances, the elder daughter of Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk, by Mary Tudor, younger sister of Henry VIII.

HENRY GREY, Duke of Suffolk, third Marquis of Dorset (d. 1554), father of Lady Jane Grey, eldest son of Thomas Grey, second marquis of Dorset, by Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Wotton, succeeded to the title as third marquis in 1530. He owed his high position at court chiefly to his rank and wealth.With the approval of Henry VIII Dorset married in 1533-4 Frances, the elder daughter of Charles Brandon, duke of Suffolk, by Mary Tudor, younger sister of Henry VIII.

Margaret Beaufort, Mother of Henry VII, Grandmother of Henry VIII by lisby1, via Flickr

Margaret Beaufort, Mother of Henry VII, Grandmother of Henry VIII by lisby1, via Flickr

1569_ Detail: Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses.  Artist: Variously attributed to Joris Hoefnagel and Hans Eworth.    The Royal Collection.

1569_ Detail: Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses. Artist: Variously attributed to Joris Hoefnagel and Hans Eworth. The Royal Collection.

Day 20, Women's History Month: Four queens of the 1500s AD: Catherine in France, Mary and Elizabeth in England, and Nurbanu Sultan in the Ottoman Empire.

Day 20, Women's History Month: Four queens of the 1500s AD: Catherine in France, Mary and Elizabeth in England, and Nurbanu Sultan in the Ottoman Empire.

(3) Jane Seymour Queen of England |  Died shortly after the heir of the throne was born, Edward VI, in 1537 | She was Queen of England from 1536 until her death in 1537 | She is the only wife to be buried with the King.

(3) Jane Seymour Queen of England | Died shortly after the heir of the throne was born, Edward VI, in 1537 | She was Queen of England from 1536 until her death in 1537 | She is the only wife to be buried with the King.

Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, by Remigius van Leemput (died 1675) after Hans Holbein the Younger (c 1497-1543). This painting is a copy of a now-lost mural from the wall of the Privy Chamber at Whitehall, which had been painted by Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497-1543) for Henry VIII (1491-1547) in 1537.

Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, by Remigius van Leemput (died 1675) after Hans Holbein the Younger (c 1497-1543). This painting is a copy of a now-lost mural from the wall of the Privy Chamber at Whitehall, which had been painted by Hans Holbein the Younger (c. 1497-1543) for Henry VIII (1491-1547) in 1537.

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