25 July 1554 – Mary I Marries Philip of Spain

| July 25, 2011

Yes, it’s Happy Anniversary to Mary and Philip because on this day in history, at Winchester Cathedral, the 38 year old Queen Mary I married the 27 year old Philip of Spain in a very lavish ceremony. The groom wore a white doublet and breeches topped with a mantle of cloth of gold decorated with […]

19 July 1553 – Mary I Proclaimed Queen

| July 19, 2011

On this day in history, 19th July 1553, Mary I was proclaimed Queen. Her half-brother, King Edward VI, had died on the 6th July but it had been Lady Jane Grey who was officially proclaimed Queen on the 10th July, not Mary.   Mary had had to fight for her inheritance and fight she had. […]

July 1575 – Elizabeth I’s Visit to Kenilworth Castle

| July 9, 2011

Between the 9th and 27th July 1575, the 41 year old Elizabeth I visited the home of her friend and favourite, Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester, Kenilworth Castle. This visit may have been Dudley’s last ditch attempt to woo his Queen and persuade her to marry him, and he pulled out all the stops […]

Musician Damon Albarn and Dr John Dee

| July 2, 2011

Blur and Gorillaz front man, Damon Albarn, has just staged the premiere of “Dr Dee” at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, UK. BBC News describe the show as “an ambitious stage show that combines his acoustic pop with contemporary opera to tell the story of an Elizabethan hero” and goes on to say that “The […]