Friday, February 1, 2013

The Virgin Queen (Virginia) - Elizabeth I 1533-1603 as Princess

1543-47 Princess Elizabeth Tudor 1533-1603 Detail cropped from dynastic portrait of The Family of Henry VIII including his children

1545 Family of Henry VIII

The open neck, without a ruff, was reserved for unmarried ladies. As Queen, Elizabeth usually wore an elaborate ruff; but even as late as 1598, when German lawyer Paul Hentzner (1558-1623) visited England, he recorded seeing Elizabeth I at Greenwich, "Her bosom was uncovered, as all the English ladies have it, till they marry."