Saturday, 7 September 2013

480 Years of Elizabeth I

Portrait of Princess Elizabeth c.1546 
'The Rainbow Portrait' of Elizabeth I c.1600

Just a brief post to acknowledge that 480 years ago today Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace in London. She was the first and only surviving child of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, but her birth was met with mixed emotions as her gender was a disappointment but the fact a healthy baby had been born was cause for celebration. She is thought to have been named after both of her grandmothers, her paternal grandmother Elizabeth of York and her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Howard. From birth she was styled as Princess Elizabeth and she was considered heir presumptive while her parents continued to hope for the birth of a son. Three days after her birth she was christened with Archbishop Cranmer, the Marquess of Exeter, the Duchess of Norfolk and the Dowager Marchioness of Dorset standing as her four godparents. At the time none of them would have thought that the little princess would one day become Queen of England and one of the most successful monarchs that England has ever had.

Elizabeth by David Starkey
Elizabeth the Queen by Alison Weir

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