Random Things I’ve Seen: The Elizabeth I Dress

queen-62969_1280Welcome to the first instalment of a new occasional series (possibly*): Random Things I’ve Seen.

(*Depending on whether I see any more random things. And whether I remember my series.)

This first offering comes from the front window of a charity shop. I’m sure we’re all familiar with these window displays: the second hand wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, Elizabeth I’s Darnley Portrait dress…hang on. What? Yes, just an Elizabeth I dress. There in the window. Aren’t charity shops great? You know, for when you need to be a Tudor monarch, but you’re a bit short on money.

Well, I’ve given it a bit of thought, and I think I know what happened here. You know how it is: it’s your favourite dress. You love it. You wear it everywhere. You fill a palace (and several centuries of children’s history lessons) with portraits of you in the dress. It reminds you of good times. Defeating the Spanish Armada, and all that jazz.

Time goes on. You start to get a bit bored of the dress. It begins to remind you of bad times. Beheading Mary Queen of Scots. That sort of thing.

Then William Shakespeare writes you a few plays, and obviously you need new outfits to attend the performances. The dress gets pushed to the back of the wardrobe.

Finally, Sir Francis Drake introduces you to potatoes, and you’re never fitting into the dress again anyway.

Time to have one of your servants drop it down Age Concern for you.

I expect that’s what happened. Now, is anyone looking for a Queen Elizabeth I dress for their Summer wardrobe…?


  1. Lee Gaitan says:

    Just when I was sure you couldn’t possibly get more clever or creative…you’ve outdone yourself with this one. Ah, yes, defeating the Spanish Armada, good times. The potato fall-out, not so much. So funny!

  2. Jessica says:

    Was it one someone had made? If it was historically accurate, I would have totally bought it! I LOVE that time period and the Tudor period. My youngest daughter is named after two of the great queens from that time period, Queen Katherine of Aragon and Queen Elizabeth I, her name is Katheryn Elizabeth 🙂

  3. ShoeboxofM says:

    I like the idea of an occasional series. There’s a rich vein of stories involving fantastical things found in charity shops.

    Not ours though unless creepy dolls and the most tattiest of tat is what you’re after. Naturally are cubs want the creepy dolls.


  4. Amazing. There is a charity shop near us that specialises in children’s costumes and last week there was a ‘chimney sweep outfit’. I kid you not. I think you need to get down to Petersfield. Brill post! #KCACOLS

  5. Brilliant, I love a good rummage around and the kids think it’s actually something on their afternoon out list, they love it! One of the ones near us is full of 1970-80’s ‘cruise’ clothes for the over 70’s, its great!:)


  6. Michelle says:

    Oh man I wish I saw a Queen Elizabeth dress here in the states. I love her! I studied her in college and wrote a great paper but I can also just imagine how she must have sent her gown to be donated to charity, LOL! To see that in a charity shop is priceless! Popping over from #anythinggoes

  7. wendy says:

    Haha, so clever and so funny. You should have bought it! I can’t wait to read more from this series, please don’t forget about it 🙂 xx #anythinggoes

  8. Azaria Lynch says:

    Such a funny post. You do see some strange things in charity shop windows, that’s for sure!

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

    Azaria- Being Mrs Lynch

  9. Ha ha brilliant! I am planning on spending some time digging around in charity shops whole on maternity leave! I wonder if I will find similar although I would settle for Jimmy choo… Xx

  10. I just love the way that you write! You have such a dry and witty sense of humour it really tickles me. I mean why the fudge would they select a Queen Elizabeth I costume to display in their window? Is it to tempt people in to browse through their full range of medieval outfits, you know, just in time for jousting season? The Toddler and The Baby have an incredibly funny and talented Mummy! Thanks for linking up with #fartglitter x

  11. laughing mum says:

    haha! random.. wonder what else the last owner of that dress has in the wardrobe?! 😉 sounds like the makings of a good series… and if you don’t see anything occasionally, then you could guest post it out? see what other random things people are seeing lol #anythinggoes

  12. Such a great post, made me giggle and such a fab imagination 🙂 I often think far too much into the person who owned many of my preloved items! if only clothes could talk. thanks for sharing #TwinklyTuesday

  13. Cliona says:

    Haha! Love it 🙂 I’d so love to buy that dress and wear it to work, or just down the street! Cool idea for a series, hopefully you will come across some more unusual things!

  14. Bread says:

    Okay where was this charity shop and how much was the dress, cause that’s levels of amazing and random I cannot handle without more information!! #kcacols

  15. Ha, ha! I hope you bought that dress 😉 Sometimes charity shops have the most random, but also the best things. Love this post and the new series. Thanks for linking it up to #MarvMondays. Emily

  16. I was wondering where that got to. One of my pesky servants must have taken it without telling me! Now that I’ve started eating Paleo I’ve lost the weight and I’ve been looking for that dress, it does wonderful things for my eyes. Now, be a good servant to the Queen and pop down to the shop and grab it for me. LOL

    Love this idea for a series!

  17. Ashley Yaste says:

    I love the UK – all we have here in US thrift shops are old shoes and polyester pants….if you’re really lucky you can sometimes fine a mink stole. (although it’s usually the kind with the head still on it and it’s undoubtedly missing it’s nose)
    Oh and all those castles and things….

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