1585-1590 Queen Elizabeth with a fan, attributed to John Bettes the Younger (Hever Castle, Kent)

Queen Elizabeth of England almost blazes like a casino marquis in this Bettes portrait.

She wears gauzy oversleeves. According to Norris in Tudor Costume and Fashion, p. 497 (Dover re-issue 1997) - This is one of several similar portraits and shows the Queen "...in everyday dress, consisting of black velvet with a band of gold embroidery set with jewels in gold mounts down the front... The sleeves... are of white linen heavily embroidered with black silk... The veil is very voluminous and decorated with bands of cutwork. A fan of ostrich feathers in a rigid jeweled handle is seen..."

The outer ruff is a pan of opaque material matching that of her gown, attached to her gown behind her shoulders where gauzy material usually went, to separate her inner ruff and headdress from the mass of her veil. There are two cuffs, a back-flared cuff and a goffered cuff similar to the ruff.. The sleeves, somewhat puffed along their full lengths, are also enveloped in outer, gauzy sleeves.

Even for her, this is remarkable "everyday dress!"

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