queen elizabeth of england

“Queen Elizabeth was a prolific author, poems, prayers, letters, and speeches by the hundreds survive in her hand, or in early copies and reports. Yet it is often difficult to know exactly what she wrote or said.

There are good reasons for this. Before becoming queen, Elizabeth was in constant danger, and the slightest misstatement or indiscreet sentence could be fatal. She learned to speak and write in guarded, indirect ways, communicating by suggestion rather than plain language.

As queen, she knew that she spoke not just for herself, but for her government and for the nation. And like any skilful ruler, she worked with a talented staff, including William Cecil, his son Robert Cecil, Sir Nicholas Bacon and others. Sometimes they prepared a draft of a speech for her to edit. Occasionally she sketched the first draft herself and then they polished it. Often, after she delivered a speech they or she – or both – would go back and create an improved version to be published.

Quickly members of this “Elizabeth committee” learned to write for their mistress’s voice, and an “Elizabeth style” emerged. It is a times maddeningly circuitous, at times shockingly direct and earthy, depending on whether she wanted to hide her real intentions or be clearly understood. This may or may not be exactly the voice of Elizabeth Tudor, but it is certainly the voice of the queen. Since the monarch did not usually deliver his or her own speeches, but relied on the lord chancellor to do it, this blending of “personal” and “official” voices is critical to their effect. Elizabeth’s speeches to Parliament were often reprinted, and in the seventeenth century were collected by Simon D’Ewes. (…)

In her poems and prayers, Elizabeth works her style to a different effect. Her prayers ask protection for the English people and for herself as their guardian. In doing so, they probe her motives and her actions to ensure that they can withstand divine scrutiny. In effect, Elizabeth gives voice to the conscience of a nation. In her poems, she frequently achieves a more “personal” voice not by saying anything especially revealing, but by saying that she would speak her private thoughts, if only her position allowed it. The poems hint at the complexity of the thoughts and emotions that lie behind the mask of power.”

Clark Hulse - Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend.

So I’m watching The Crown on Netflix, real banger of a show, and Prince Phillip goes “you’ve taken my career and my home and my family name from me what kind of marriage is this” and I was like shit. he’s the woman in a traditional marriage. that’s a completely normal classic marriage, it’s just that the gender roles are reversed. I don’t know if that was intentional from the show writers but DAMN


The Queen Regnant’s of The British Isles, Crowned and Uncrowned



Margaret of Wessex, Queen of Scotland (1070-1093) • Matilda of Scotland, Queen of England (1100-1118) • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England (1154-1189) • Margaret of England, Queen of Scotland (1251-1275) • Philippa of Hainault, Queen of England (1328-1369) • Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scotland (1424-1437) • Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England (1464-1483) • Elizabeth of York, Queen of England (1486-1503) • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland (1503-1513) • Anne Boleyn, Queen of England (1533-1536)

  • Queen Elizabeth II, on the phone: Hello England, how are you today?
  • England: I'm well thank you, a bit bored though. For once I don't have extra work to do.
  • Queen Elizabeth II: Oh I wish I could come over to knit with you like we always do, but it's getting harder to travel by myself in my old age.
  • England: it's okay Lilibet, my Queen- Oh...
  • Queen Elizabeth II: hm? What is it England, dear?
  • England: it seems that I don't have any food left in the cupboard and the fridge... I should go down to Tescos to get some-
  • Queen Elizabeth II: *driving her jeep at the speed of sound* DONT WORRY ENGLAND, GRANDMA'S COMING WITH FOOD!!
Fun Fact:

Queen Elizabeth I, though known as the virgin queen, had many suitors and lovers. One of them being Francis, the Duke of Anjou. Of all her lovers, Queen Elizabeth was most fond of Francis and actually planned on marrying him at one point. Though, having second thoughts, she refused his proposal and shortly after ended their relationship. She may have refused their marriage, but when Francis left for France, she was actually quite upset. She wrote the poem “On Monsieur’s Departure” for him.

Queen Elizabeth often used unflattering slang names for her closest friends, such as “pygmy” for Robert Cecil, and “frog” for Francis.  Some believe this nickname was given to him because of the frog-shaped earring Francis had given her. 

Headcannon: Arthur, who was extremely impressed by his queen and looked up to her, sees the blooming romance between the couple. He notices the nickname she gives him and picks up on it. 

He starts calling France this, believing that the term is endearing. But France just ends up taking offense to it to England’s confusion. (The term also being rather derogatory at the time) Though Arthur may still use this phrase when frustrated with Francis, this nickname is nonetheless affectionate.