Princess Mary, later Queen (1516-1558)
A portrait drawing of Princess Mary (1516-1558), later Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. A bust length portrait facing three-quarters to the left. She wears a pearl necklace and pendant. Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at upper left: The Lady Mary after Queen.
Mary Tudor was marginalised after her parents' divorce. Although unpopular with Anne Boleyn, she was welcomed back to court by Jane Seymour and became particularly close to her father's last wife, Katherine Parr. On Henry's death, she supported the accession of her brother, but became a vocal opponent of Edward VI's advisers when they instituted religious reform. Mary inherited the throne in 1553 after overthrowing her rival, Lady Jane Grey.