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Queen Elizabeth portrait

Queen Elizabeth portrait

1585 portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, by Nicholas Hilliard. Elizabeth is depicted with an ermineā€”a kind of weasel. The olive branch in her hand is a symbol of peace.

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