Queen Elizabeth I

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.

Queen Elizabeth I was very conscious of her appearance, and her image was engineered to convey wealth, authority and power. 

The Privy Council was a defined body that advised Queen Elizabeth I and acted as the administrative centre for her government.

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

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

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

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