Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I – the last Tudor monarch – ruled for 45 years and left a long and lasting legacy. Discover more about the voyages of discovery that she supported during her reign and how she helped pave the way for an age of expansion, colonisation and trade.

When Elizabeth I became queen her first challenge was to build a loyal staff of independent thinkers to help her govern. 

As the Queen of England and the nation’s most powerful woman, Elizabeth's taste set the 'look' of the 1500s. 

The procession and coronation of Queen Elizabeth I set the tone for her reign and earned her public approval.

Entertainment at court in Elizabethan times included jousting, dancing, poetry-reading, dramatic performances, hunting, riding, banqueting and concerts. 

By the 1560s, newly minted Elizabethan coins had helped to renew people's trust in England’s currency at home and abroad.

Various dramatic events led to Elizabeth I taking over the throne from the Catholic Queen Mary I.

Queen Elizabeth I inherited a nation suffering from religious flux, but went on to build a stable, peaceful nation.

After Henry VIII’s death in 1547, Elizabeth went to live with her stepmother, Katherine Parr, leading to a near-disaster. 

In December 1559, Queen Elizabeth I consecrated Matthew Parker as the first Archbishop of Canterbury for the new Church of England.

The Tudor dynasty was founded in 1485 by Elizabeth's grandfather, Henry VII, when he emerged victorious after the dynastic Wars of the Roses. 

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