An F-35A Lightning II aircraft assigned to Hill Air Force Base, Utah, prepares to be refueled by a 459th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, April 28, 2017.

On This Day

On This Day in history, 15th of January 1559 marks the 459th anniversary of the coronation of the last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth I.

In Westminnster Abbey in a Grande ceremony Elizabeth was crowned holding the orb and septer of her Kingdom by Owen Oglegthorpe a Catholic bishop.

She stood before the people with reminders of who her parents were. As the daughter of Anne Boleyn, she made sure her nation knew of that. Portraits of her parents stood at the alter as her people recited “God Save The Queen”

On that day she proved to her people she is a Tudor and If the Tudor blood. Legitimate and the people’s rightful sovereign. Even though she wasn’t actually legitamite because her father did not legally divorce his first wife.

The day the final monarch of the house of Tudor was crowned marked the final day Elizabeth would be a normal princess. She would never be safe again. She would have the weight of her Kingdom on her shoulders and what many seen as her responsibility to produce heirs.

Thunderbolt IIs from the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, fly off the southern coast of Greenland while en route to Iceland Aug. 3, 2017. Two KC-135 Stratotankers and their crews from the 459th Air Refueling Wing embarked on a mission to provide refueling support to the 175th Wing as the ANG unit made its way to Estonia to participate in a state partnership program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)

Capt. Jonathan Bonilla and 1st Lt. Vicente Vasquez, 459th Airlift Squadron UH-1N Huey pilots, fly over Tokyo after completing night training April 25, 2016. The 459th AS frequently trains on a multitude of scenarios in preparation for potential real-world contingencies and operations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Yasuo Osakabe)