YOUNG LOUIS XIV ~~ In 1643, seeing that death was at his door, Louis XIII decided to put his affairs in order. Defying custom, which would have made Anne the sole regent, he decreed that a regency council would rule on his son's behalf. His lack of faith in her political abilities was the primary reason. He did, however, make the concession of appointing her head of the Council. Oppositely Louis's relationship with his mother was loving and close until her death from a cancer.
Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia, studio of Michiel Jansz. van Mierevelt (c. 1623). National Portrait Gallery. Daughter of James I and Anne of Denmark, Elizabeth married Frederick, Elector Palatine in 1613. She wears the famous Medici Pearls, also known as the Hanover Pearls, six strands joined together in a thick rope. For her active political life see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21532311