Search results

Start typing


Embroidery by Mary, Queen of Scots

This fascinating example of Mary, Queen of Scots’ skills as a needlewoman is kept at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. It is an embroidered panel bearing her cipher that depicts a ginger cat with a mouse. Today, it is displayed in Mary, Queen of Scots’ Outer Chamber in The Queen’s Apartments at the Palace, which Mary occupied from 1561 to 1567. However, the embroidery most likely dates from the period after she fled Scotland and was held captive in England by Queen Elizabeth I. In fact, it is an intriguing possibility that the cat and mouse may be an allusion to Mary’s relationship with the English queen.

To learn more watch this short film:

Posthumous portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

Explore the fascinating life of Mary, Queen of Scots in our Collection Trail

Visit the trail

Learn more about the embroidery:

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.