On this day, 413 years ago, Queen Elizabeth 1st daughter of King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn passed away.
She was 69 when she passed away on March 24th 1603 and was living in Richmond Palace at the time. She is most famous for 1. being the longest and last reigning Tudor Monarch and 2. of course, her parents. Her reign itself had lasted a total of 44 years and during her time as queen, Elizabeth had seen the arts thrive and also become the son her father never had.
She was surrounded by friends and her ladies in waiting when she died for she had moved them all over to Richmond with her when she decided to go in January of that year. She wanted to be with people she found familiar and at ease around. It is no secret that the queen’s health was something that caused her huge problems and it had deteriorated incredibly badly over the years, she was frail yet she refused to be placed in bed and just retire there like so many people wanted her to do.
She was not married so no heir was produced from her to carry on the Tudor line, but she had said on her death bed that she wanted James VI (son to Elizabeths cousin and rival, Mary queen of Scots) to succeed her on the throne once she passed on. Once she had passed away her body was taken to Whitehall Palace where she was watched over for 3 weeks prior to her funeral, which is described as a “lavish” affair.
“I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too.” – Elizabeth 1st.
With love, Charlotte x