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Elizabeth the Queen


• Queen Elizabeth I was born September 7, 1533, in Greenwich. She died March 24, 1603, in Richmond, Surrey.


• Elizabeth was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.


Henry had Anne beheaded in 1536. One of the reasons why he had her killed was because she did not give birth to a son. Henry wanted a son to replace him as king after his death.


• Elizabeth became Queen on November 17, 1558, the day Queen Mary died. She was crowned two months later on January 15, 1559, in a coronation ceremony.


• The Queen spoke Greek, French, Italian, Latin, and, of course, English.


• During her reign, England defeated the Spanish Armada. Because the Spanish navy was thought to be better than the British navy, this victory raised the status of England in Europe.


• Queen Elizabeth never married. She is sometimes called "The Virgin Queen."


Learn more about Elizabeth's life




Christopher Saxton. Atlas of the counties of England and Wales. London, 1590?

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