|Margaret with Lady Diana de Vere’s portrait, Hampton Court Palace|
|Queen Mary’s plants at Hampton Court, as Diana would have seen them.|
Another reason court service was a desirable career for a well-born woman—it ensured an annual salary, room and board, and sometimes even a generous dowry. She wore pretty clothes and received ample attention from male courtiers. She also gained material goods—gifts from the sovereign might include jewellery, lace, clothing, and valuable mementos. On a queen’s death, her clothing and possessions were distributed to those who had served her.
|Discovering an unknown portrait of Diana as Duchess of St. Albans|