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Queen Elizabeth I's coronation portrait by LadyAquanine73551 Queen Elizabeth I's coronation portrait by LadyAquanine73551
I first saw this outfit in the movie "Elizabeth," where they did an amazing job making Cate Blanchett look like the young adult Queen when she had her coronation. They had her look as she did in her portrait, and showed her wearing the dress without all the crazy extra stuff on for the ball held afterwards. She was also featured in posters for the movie wearing that dress.

This image was relatively easy to imitate, though the only robe they had available for the Queen to wear was red. In the portrait, she's shown wearing a golden robe. I couldn't have her holding the Orb and scepter b/c her hands were in the wrong positions to do so. Her face I based off of my imitation of her 13-year-old portrait.  I used the Tudors Scene-Maker… on Doll Divine to make this image.
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FlyingFreedom13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Does it bother anyone else how freakishly PALE Elizabeth is in this portrait? 
LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Oh no, that was fashionable.  In fact, being caught with a tan in the royal court was unheard of.  Elizabeth was actually said to have dusky, olivine skin like her mother, Anne Boleyn, but she deliberately used lotions, oils, facial treatments, and cosmetics to make it very light, as was expected of both a royal and a redhead. 

You see, in the 21st century, having a tan is considered a sign of robust health and beauty (I deliberately don't tan because it ages the skin and isn't healthy in heavy doses).  You gotta look at stuff like this from a 16th century perspective, otherwise it won't make sense. 

In ancient times, the only people who tanned were peasants who had to work outdoors all the time.  It was a visible symbol of their status in society, even if they came from a light-skinned, northern ethnic group like the English, or the French, or the Germans, etc.  Since nobles and royals didn't have to do physical labor all the time, and could be indoors more, they didn't tan as much, and it was considered beautiful among the ladies.  It was unheard of for a woman of high rank to be seen with a tan, and people in the court would make fun of her or gossip viciously about it, saying she looked like a peasant.  Noble/royal women even went to great lengths to preserve their pale skin too, such as wearing veils and velvet masks or carrying parasols when outside on a nice day (they didn't come up with umbrellas for wet weather until late in Elizabeth's reign). 

What bothers me is why her pale skin would look freakish to you.  I have very light skin, and nobody calls me a freak.
FlyingFreedom13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anyone. It's just that the portrait itself has always kind of freaked me out because of how pale she is. It's always bothered me since I first saw that picture when I was about six. I apologize if I offended you.
LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
That's fine, just remember that Queen Elizabeth I was a human being like me or you, or anybody else, and you'll be fine. 
Flamestar00 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student General Artist
Seriously this is accurate enough without the sceptre and orb. If you could have done a gold robe it would have looked way to busy...

Great job :)
LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
:giggle: Thanks.  In real life she wore a cloth-of-gold robe to match her gown, (at least for the portrait).  I'm not sure if Elizabeth actually wore that particular costume when she was crowned Queen, but it sure is impressive.  People celebrated her Ascension Day as a holiday a little over a decade after she became their ruler, and they kept it up all the way 'till she died. 
fantasygirl2000 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Thank you :)
CelticIrishgirl Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Elizabeth I is my most favorite royalty.
LadyAquanine73551 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
I think a lot of ppl would agree with you, even in this day & age ;)
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