How do you even begin to describe Anne Boleyn? She has two fendi purses and a silver Lexus. Okay, perhaps not, but one has to admit, Anne Boleyn certainly knew what she was doing when she captured the heart (or at least 1/6 of it) of King Henry VIII. We all know how his marriages faired and sometimes you can’t help but feel sorry for the poor bastard, but once you get that divorce/beheading bug, you just can’t stop. Of all his wives, I venture to say that Anne was the most famous, she was sort of the spark that set off to the powder keg. King Henry was married to the devout Catherine of Aragon from Spain. He grew tired of Catherine, despite their daughter Mary, who you may remember from such historical blunders as “Let’s kill all the protestants!” It was around this time that the Boleyn family came to court from France and after having a go with her sister, the King’s eye fell on Anne and before you know it, his royal highness broke it off with Caterine, started a new church and made Anne his queen. Then yada yada yada, she got locked in the tower on charges of infidelity, incest and treason most foul.
1. I’m gonna get me a King!
Fur by Yves Saint Lauren, dress by Prabal Gurung, shoes by Lanvin
2. I did it, now I’m the Queen, hooray!
Dress and shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. Why am I locked in the tower, what are all these axes for?
Sweater by Temperley London, dress by Rodarte, boots by Prada
You see this? You see this right here? This is Queen Elizabeth I. She was pretty much the most badass monarch to grace England…right up there with Eleanor of Aquitane and Queen Vicky (Victoria and I were on a nickname basis.) I’m sure you all know her well from your high school history classes and various wikipedia adventures so I won’t get into it. But let’s just say if you ascend the throne only to become a patron of the arts and fearless leader you’d probably have some pretty sick style.
1. An Armada? Please Phillip, this is so childish.
Dress by Christopher Kane, shoes by Dries van Noten
2. You know what, we’re gonna call this “The Golden Age.”
Dress by Giambattista Valli, shoes by Alexander McQueen
3. Seriously? I’m Henry VIII’s daughter, you have no idea who you’re messing with.
Dress by Oscar de la Renta, jacket by Marc Jacobs, shoes by Nina Ricci
All images from Vogue UK.