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"Ermine: A Symbol of Royalty and Elegance" From the regal portraits of Queen Elizabeth II in her coronation robes to the exquisite Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci, ermines have long been associated with royalty and grace. In 1953, Queen Elizabeth II donned her majestic coronation robes, adorned with ermine fur trimmings. The artist Sterling Henry Nahum Baron captured this iconic moment, showcasing the queen's grandeur and power. Centuries earlier, Nicholas Hilliard immortalized Queen Elizabeth I in his masterpiece "The Ermine Portrait. " This enchanting painting depicts the queen wearing a luxurious gown embellished with ermine fur, symbolizing her status as a powerful monarch. Not limited to human subjects alone, ermines also captivate us through their natural beauty. These small creatures are part of the weasel family and are known for their stunning winter fur coats. In Bavaria's Allgau region, they roam gracefully amidst snowy landscapes like living works of art. As we delve into history further back in time, we encounter Cecilia Gallerani holding an adorable ermine in Leonardo da Vinci's portrait from 1490. The lady's gentle gaze reflects both elegance and intimacy as she cradles this precious creature on her lap. Beyond its association with nobility and portraiture, the ermine has become intertwined with British culture. It shares its habitat with various moth species that flutter around our gardens during summer evenings—a delicate dance between nature's wonders. During King George V and Queen Mary's reigns at Delhi's Coronation Durbar in India—an event commemorated on a souvenir postcard—their presence exuded majesty akin to that symbolized by the noble ermines themselves. Even advertisements have embraced this timeless allure; Monopole Champers featured an advert displaying King George IV alongside bottles of champagne—both epitomizing luxury and sophistication.