Mysterious Mary Queen of Scots picture on show in city

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A PRICELESS portrait of Mary Queen of Scots will form the centrepiece of a new exhibition in the Capital.

The memorial painting – about 400 years old – is normally on display at Blairs Museum in Aberdeen.

No-one knows who painted the full-length portrait of the tragic monarch, although it was commissioned by one of her devoted ladies-in-waiting.

The famous artwork will now take pride of place at the National Museum of Scotland over the summer.

Ian Forbes, manager at Blairs Museum, said: “It is an image of her on her day of execution. The portrait was based at the Scots College, Douai, until the French Revolution.

“There were fears the place would be torn down and destroyed, so the painting was stowed away in 1793 with a friend of the college.

“It has been here since 1833 after negotiations with French authorities, and has stayed here for pretty much all of the time.”

The painting will now form part of the Mary Queen of Scots exhibit, which opens on Friday and runs until November.