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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

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497/8-1543)

Princess Mary, later Queen (1516-1558) c.1536

RCIN 912220

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Princess Mary, later Mary I, was the only surviving child of Henry VIII and his Spanish first wife Catherine of Aragon. Mary was taught Spanish, French and Latin as a child, and her mother commissioned the Spanish humanist Juan Luis Vives to write De Institutione Feminae Christianae, a treatise on the education of girls. At court, Mary had a close relationship with the imperial ambassador Eustace Chapuys, who became her adviser and was often in contact with her cousin the Emperor Charles V.

This drawing by Hans Holbein shows the Princess at around the age of 20.