Portrait of Queen Mary Tudor to go on display

A portrait of Mary Tudor will go on display in Winchester Cathedral June 30, 2004.

A painting of Queen Mary, by the Flemish artist Hans Elworth, will go on public display for the first time ever.

"It is one of the great 16th Century royal portraits," said historian Dr. David Starkey. "It is as iconic of Mary as Holbein is of Henry VIII, it is a picture of absolutely central significance."

The portrait will be displayed at Winchester Cathedral, from June 30 to September 30, as part of an exhibition on the Marriage of England and Spain. The wedding of Mary and Philip II of Spain took place at Winchester Cathedral 450 years ago.