On March 24th, in 1603, Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace between
two and three in the morning after having been Queen for a total of 44
years, 127 days. She was the last ruler of the Tudor Dynasty and is
still considered to be one of England’s most popular monarchs.
her life, she had infamously never married or had any children, leading
to her nickname of “The Virgin Queen”. Elizabeth was succeeded on the
throne by her 1st cousin twice removed, James VI of Scotland, who was
the great-grandson of her father’ sister Margaret. He would rule in
England as James I, becoming the first monarch of the House of Stuart.
“Oh yes, they dearly loved it, the proud, insular English– a good laugh at the expense of a foreigner and no one had given it with more unfailing regularity over the years than Elizabeth Tudor. The suitors she had cozened, the pirates she condoned, the ambassadors she deceived– one had to admire her nerve, and the astonishing manner in which she had got away with it all. They lauded her mercy and calmly ignored its few outrageous exceptions, for whatever she had done she was nothing like so hasty in revenge as her dread sire.”
“It was the realisation of one of [Jane’s] dearest hopes to have Mary with her at court, and she kept her stepdaughter often in her company, walking with her hand in hand. Jane and Mary developed a deep and lasting friendship and Jane always ensured that Mary was treated with respect.”
— Elizabeth Norton “Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s True Love”