Replica of Mary Tudor's wedding gown. Consisting of a mantle of brocaded cloth of gold, bordered with pearls and diamonds of great size, and lined with ermine. The dress was also gold smothered with the same precious stones, and the underskirt of white satin embroidered of silver. The French hood in black velvet was surmounted by a double row of large diamonds. 1554
Mary Tudor, later Mary I, daughter of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. Although pampered and well-loved in childhood, she suffered terribly as a result of her parents' divorce, struggling to stay loyal to her mother when disloyalty to the king was an act of treason. And Anne Boleyn was a cruel and unreasonable stepmother. Mary's adult life was loveless and riddled with disappointment, a sad and dour figure in Tudor history.