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Queen Elizabeth I’s life and reign

The birth of Queen Elizabeth I

Elizabeth was born at Greenwich Palace on 7 September 1533 and was named after her grandmothers, Elizabeth of York and Lady Elizabeth Howard. She was the second child of Henry VIII. Her mother was Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn. At birth, Elizabeth was the heir presumptive to the English throne.

Her Childhood story

She had a frightening childhood, as her father had her mother executed when she was only 3 years old. Elizabeth was sent to Hatfield house in hertfordshire where she spent most of her childhood. Elizabeth grew up to be a strong and independent person since she didnt have any else to rely on but herself. She soon became one of the most successful monarchs in English history.

The family tree

Her father was King Henry VIII. Her mother was Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry's six wives. Henry had Anne Boleyn put to death when Elizabeth was only 3 years old. Elizabeth had an older half-sister named Mary and a younger half-brother named Edward. Edward became king in 1547 and died in 1553. Mary then became queen. Elizabeth did not have any heir since she never married. James VI of Scotland inherited the throne of England. James was Elizabeth’s first cousin twice removed. Mary, the queen of Scotland, was imprisoned and executed by Elizabeth. Mary was the mother of James VI of Scotland.

"I know I have but the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too."

Queen Elizabeth I