Legend has it that black and white were Queen Elizabeth's favorite colors. A small white ermine, a sign of royalty,was included in this c1585 portrait by Nicholas Hilliard. Not easily spotted against the ornamental dress pattern is a jeweled medallion, reportedly the queen's most treasured.
This magnet pictures English queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), queen of England and Ireland as depicted by Nicholas Hilliard around 1585, featuring a stunning black dress with a large white ruffled collar. Legend has it that black and white were the queen's favorite colors. A small white ermine, a sign of royalty, is included. Not easily spotted against the background of the ornamental dress is a jeweled medallion, reportedly the queen's most treasured jewel.
Daughter of King Henry VIII and his 2nd wife Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was the 5th and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. She reigned for 45 years beginning in 1558, a period known as the Golden Age.
The relatively peaceful Elizabethan era is known for a blossoming of the arts, political stability, improved prosperity and the Protestant Reformation.
Elizabeth has been beloved for over 400 years. She remains today as a role model, an enigma, a ruler, a heroine.