Mary, Mary quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockleshells, And pretty maids all in a row.
This nursery rhyme may be based on Mary. The silver bells and cockleshells were the badges worn by the devout on holy pilgrimages, in particular to Compostella in Spain. The pretty maids were the nuns that she returned to England under her rule.
Mary was buried in Westminster Abbey on December 14, 1558. In 1606 Elizabeth’s coffin was removed from Henry VII’s vault and placed on top of Mary’s coffin. James I had the monument built with the inscription,“Partners both in throne and grave, here we rest two sisters, Elizabeth and Mary, in hope of one resurrection” The tomb of Elizabeth is pressing down on Mary’s and will require restoration in the future.