On 9 September 1543 Mary Stuart, at nine months old, is crowned “Queen of Scots” in the central Scottish town of Stirling. She ruled Scotland for 25 tumultuous years, ending in 1567. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations - Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies.
miniature of Mary, Queen of Scots by Nicholas Hilliard in 1579, one of several images he painted of her (presumably from one sitting during her captivity), a few copies exist including at the Victoria-Albert Museum, this one is in the Royal Collection of QEII