"Elizabeth Tudor walks at a stately pace, upright in her bearing and surprisingly graceful in her movements, given her years and the obvious weight of her ornate gown, with its skirts of thick scarlet-and-gold brocade, the scarlet bodice all embroidered with tiny garnets and pearls."

Elizabeth is certainly shown wearing some very elaborate dresses in her portraits. Here are some examples:

 

 

Elizabeth I, 1575, 'The Darnley Portrait'
Public DomainElizabeth I, 1575, 'The Darnley Portrait' - Credit: wikimedia commons
Elizabeth I, 1588, the 'Armada Portrait'
Public DomainElizabeth I, 1588, the 'Armada Portrait' - Credit: wikimedia commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth I, the 'Ermine Portrait'
Public DomainElizabeth I, the 'Ermine Portrait' - Credit: wikimedia commons

 

 

Elizabeth I, 1592/9, the 'Hardwick House Portrait'
Public DomainElizabeth I, 1592/9, the 'Hardwick House Portrait' - Credit: wikimedia commons

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth I, 1575, the 'Pelican Portrait'
Public DomainElizabeth I, 1575, the 'Pelican Portrait' - Credit: wikimedia commons

 

 

Elizabeth I, 1580, the 'Kitchner Portrait'
Public DomainElizabeth I, 1580, the 'Kitchner Portrait' - Credit: wikimedia commons
Elizabeth I, 1600, the 'Procession Portrait'
Public DomainElizabeth I, 1600, the 'Procession Portrait' - Credit: wikimedia commons