Elizabeth I’s Coronation – 15 January 1559

| January 15, 2013

At midday on January 15th 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey – Long Live the Queen! I have written about Elizabeth’s coronation previously and here links to them, including an article about Dr John Dee’s astrological Coronation chart: The Coronation of Elizabeth I – 15th January 1559 Elizabeth I’s Coronation […]

17 November 1558 – This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes

| November 17, 2012

“This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes”. These are the words from Psalm 118 said to have been uttered by Elizabeth I as she sank to her knees under a great oak tree at Hatfield Palace. She had just received the news that her half-sister, Mary I, was dead and that […]

19 July 1553 – Mary Proclaimed Queen in London

| July 19, 2012

On the 19th July 1553, thirteen days after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, Mary was proclaimed Queen in place of Queen Jane. The Earls of Pembroke and Arundel had called a council meeting the previous day to convince council members that Mary’s claim to the throne was legitimate, but it was on this […]

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

| July 10, 2012

On the afternoon of Monday 10th July 1553 a party of people arrived at the Tower of London by barge. The party consisted of Lady Jane Grey, her husband Guildford Dudley, her parents and Guildford’s mother, and they had travelled from Syon. At the Tower, they were greeted by John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (Guildford’s […]

8 July 1553 – Mary Declares Herself Queen

| July 8, 2012

On Saturday 8th July 1553 at her home, Kenninghall in Norfolk, Mary Tudor declared herself Queen. She had been informed of her half-brother Edward VI’s death by goldsmith Robert Reyns the previous day, when she was staying with Lady Burgh at Euston Hall, near Thetford, and the news had been confirmed by Thomas Hughes, her […]

28th April 1603 – Elizabeth I’s Funeral

| April 28, 2012

On this day in history, 28th April 1603, Elizabeth I’s funeral took place in London. I have written in detail about the funeral before, so here is an extract from my previous article… After her death on 24th March 1603, the body of Queen Elizabeth I was placed inside a lead coffin and carried by […]

15th January 1559 – The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I

| January 15, 2012

On the 15th January 1559, a day chosen by her astrologer Dr John Dee, a triumphant Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, processed from Westminster Hall into Westminster Abbey to be crowned queen. She was just 25 years old and was the third child of Henry VIII to become monarch and was […]

17th November 1558 – Elizabeth I Becomes Queen

| November 17, 2011

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Mary I died after a reign of just five years and Elizabeth I came to the throne and ruled for over 44 years. One sister has gone down in history as “Bloody Mary” and the other as the queen who brought in a golden age and who […]

1st October 1553 – Mary I Crowned Queen

| October 1, 2011

Yes, on the 1st October 1553, England’s first crowned queen regnant, Mary I, was crowned at Westminster Abbey. You can read all about her coronation at “The Coronation of Mary I” – and more about Mary in the following articles The Myth of Bloody Mary” Mary I Facts 25th July 1554 – Mary I Marries […]

22 August 1553 – Execution of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland

| August 22, 2011

On this day in history, 22nd August 1553, John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland, was executed on Tower Hill for his part in putting his daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey, on the throne in place of Mary I. In his excellent book on the Dudley family, “The Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black […]