I came upon the following article in the course of trundling around on Google for royal mourning in the medieval period. It’s a very sad little story, no matter what our opinion of Henry VII. The specific fact that took me to it was that Henry wore “blue mourning robes” as he waited at Westminster Abbey for his baby’s coffin to arrive. It’s suggested Elizabeth of York may have been with him. Did she wear blue as well?
Until this I’d only found descriptions of black, sometimes white (but that seems to have been more on the Continent) being the colour for top-notch funerals in England. But then again, there are a number of illustrations where the royal body/effigy of the deceased is dressed in blue, it’s just that in England I hadn’t heard of the living mourners, even a king, wore anything other than black.
Oh, but one last thing on another subject…that portrait of the 3rd Duke of Buckingham is awful. It’s a likeness that pops up for his odious father as well.
Well, perhaps not. My friend Hooded Man has found the following alternative of the 3rd duke, which is an improvement.
But whichever portrait is more accurate, I think we can be sure that the duke portrayed was, um, plumpish, And the first portrait shows him as, well, a porker.