Here she is again… a bit different this time. I’d like to think she’s showing another side of her personality. Let me know if you have a preference! Which version do you like better… or are they just different?
UPDATE: A new poem in from Tom in the comments! He saw this portrait as showing the moment of being told of Robert Dudley’s death.
“My Queen, the Master of the Horse has fallen,
riding to the baths
in Derbyshire, he’s stumbled, fallen,
gone to God at last.
I bring his breath, his final words
for Royal ears alone:
his thoughts of you, love’s lonely words,
no sins to be atoned.
He said he loved you, always, ever,
yet knew you would not bend:
your Throne is all you need forever,
while his days quickly end.
Yet he asked to be remembered
in your Royal heart
for so long as you’re remembered
though he now must part.
What’s that, my Queen? Yes I will leave
and close the door behind,
and leave you here to softly grieve
your lover warm and kind.”