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Replica lion busts, seated on a base with paws resting on an orb

Items from the Royal Collection shown during the visit of King Felipe VI

Frans Huys (1522-62)

Philippus II dated 1555

Engraving | RCIN 630355

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This engraving is taken from a series of portraits of European rulers published in Antwerp by Hieronymus Cock.

Mary I and Philip II married at Winchester Cathedral on 25 July 1554. The couple shared many royal Spanish connections, with Mary being the grand-daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella, and Philip being their great-grandson: Philip referred to his bride as 'cousin and aunt'. Following their marriage, Philip remained in England until September 1555, spending most of his time at Hampton Court, Greenwich or Windsor Castle. The royal couple had difficulties in communicating as Philip did not speak English. Having been taught to understand (but not speak) Spanish by her mother, Mary would reply to her husband in French.      

  • Creator(s)

    Frans Huys (1522-62) (engraver)

    Hieronymus Cock (1507-70) (publisher)

    • Genealogy and Heraldry
      • Orders (honour)
        • Order of the Golden Fleece (Burgundy/Spain/Austria)