On this day in Tudor history, 24th March 1603, sixty-nine year-old Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace. She had ruled for over 44 years.
Diarist John Manningham recorded the moment of her death:
“This morning, about three o’clock her Majesty departed from this life, mildly like a lamb, easily like a ripe apple from a tree… Dr Parry told me he was present, and sent his prayers before her soul; and I doubt not but she is amongst the royal saints in heaven in eternal joys.”
Here’s a video I did on Elizabeth I’s death and also her achievements as queen: