Sophia de la Cerda Posted October 22, 2016 Share Posted October 22, 2016 The Queen’s Presence Room mirrored that of the King’s, in that it was open to all gentry and wealthy merchants. It was a spacious room, able to seat 40, but a welcoming one, decorated in warm red that was nicely accented by the ivory upholstery of the seats and decorative gilding. The central focus of the room was an elevated couch, reserved for the Queen, with a scattering of chairs near it as well as other groupings of seats settled around the room for attending courtiers. The rounded tables and cupboards around the desk held bouquets of flowers as well as busts of various historical figues – Aristotle, Copernicus, Julius Ceasar, Sappho, Dido and others. Leading further from the room were two doors on the far side of the room. The door to the left would take one to the Queen’s Drawing room and the one on the right to the Queen’s private parlour that guarded the entrance to the Queen’s bedroom and closet. After she finished her correspondence, Sophia changed into another gown for her meeting with Lady Mountjoy. She wanted to attract attention, so she chose a color that was rarely seen in the winter months … coral. The gown had been made last spring and she had worn it quite a few times. Thanks to Anna's brilliance with a needle and thread, it now looked like an entirely different gown. Its short sleeves had been replaced by longer thrice-puffed sleeves of cream silk embroidered with coral flowers and golden swirls. A small pearl nestled in the middle of each bloom. The sleeves were hemmed with snowy white lace. A stomacher of the same embroidered cream silk formed a stomacher that even further changed the gown's appearance. A long ruffled white lace peplum had been sewn around the bottom of the stomacher, which came to an elongated point in front. The skirt was made from the same coral silk as the bodice. It was split in front and fastened on the sides with cream silk roses and golden ribbons, revealing an underskirt of cream shot through with golden threads. Sophia wore pearls in her ears and around her neck. The cameo that Juan had given her had been fastened to her necklace. Now she glided into the Queen's presence chamber on her husband's arm. It was important that as many people as possible witness Esteban's donation to the Queen's charities, and she hoped that the presence of the Spanish Ambassador and his wife had been noted. She doubted that Esteban had ever been here before. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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