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.

The tides of peace turned for Queen Elizabeth I when Mary, Queen of Scots arrived in England in 1568. 

Walter Raleigh (1544–1618) was a courtier, seaman and explorer in Elizabethan England. He was a pioneer in the English colonisation of North America.

Concerns about who would succeed Queen Elizabeth I saw Parliament petition her to marry and produce an heir almost immediately. 

One of England's most-famous monarchs, Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) rebuilt England’s standing in the world.

In Elizabeth I with a pelican emblem (1575), Nicholas Hilliard used symbols to communicate messages about Queen Elizabeth I. 

In the 1570s and 1580s, Queen Elizabeth I granted royal permission to two Englishmen to colonise America.

Find out more about the symbols used in portraits of Queen Elizabeth I and discover their meanings.

The search for new markets during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I helped to boost England’s maritime confidence.

Elizabeth I with the cardinal and theological virtues (c. 1598) was commissioned by the Corporation of Dover for the town hall there.

John Dee provided Queen Elizabeth I with a new vision for England, spurring the rise of the British Empire.

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