1542 - 1587 (44 years)
||Mary Stewart I, Queen of Scots |
||8 Dec 1542
||Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian
||Between 14 Dec 1542 and 24 Jul 1567
||Queen of Scotts
||Between 10 Jul 1559 and 5 Dec 1560
||Queen Consort of France
||8 Feb 1587
||Executed; Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire
||25 Aug 2006 |
- Mary's beauty was the subject of many contemporary accounts. Her hands were supposed to be especially beautiful.
Mary was renowned for her height. At her first wedding, when she was 15, she is supposed to have stood head to head with her mothers' brothers.
For her wedding to Francis, Mary wore a white gown, although white was the traditional mourning colour for French queens. On her head was a crown that included a carbuncle worth 500,000 crowns.
One of the guests at Mary's wedding to Francis was the future Henry IV of France, a six-year-old on his first trip to Paris.
Between the time she married Francis, Dauphin of France, and the death of his father, Henry II, Mary was known in France as the "queen-dauphiness."
According to some sources, Mary was the first female golfer. Both her father, James V, and grandfather, James IV, played the game.
"Remember that the theatre of the world is wider than the realm of England," Mary told her judges in October 1586.
Mary was buried first in Peterborough Cathedral, before being moved to Westminster Abbey.