Lady Jane Grey
Lady Jane Grey was the first doll to be issued in the second series of famous british queens. She would have cost the collector £33.00, ($88.90), and was issued in April 1978.
This lovely doll was, like the rest of the "Tower Treasures" series, made with porcelain head, hands and feet, which were sewn onto a stuffed kid leather body. As is obvious from the pictures above, the doll was sumptuously dressed, and a real prize for any collector to add to their collection.
Lady Jane Grey had a reputation as one of the most learned and intelligent women in England. She was the great grand-niece of Henry VIII, (through Elizabeth Woodville and Elysabeth of York), and daughter-in-law of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, and Duke of Northumberland. Northumberland was keen to influence the dying Edward VI to name Jane as his successor, because she was a protestant, and would prevent Edward’s Catholic sister Mary from assuming the throne of the now Protestant England. Jane had no wish to be Queen, or used as a pawn by her manipulative father-in-law - her reign ended after 9 days, when the authorities realized that Mary’s challenge for the throne had succeeded. Jane was initially spared execution, but following a subsequent attempt to reclaim the throne for her, by her supporters, Mary had her beheaded. She was just 16 or 17 years old