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Princess Elizabeth


• Elizabeth received a formal education. This was very unusual for her time; girls often did not go to school. Elizabeth studied such subjects as mathematics, history, geography, and astronomy.


• As a princess, Elizabeth gave her family gifts of prayers and poems she had translated herself, written out in her own hand, and decorated with embroidered covers. She was only eleven years old when she translated a poem from French into English.


• In 1554, when her sister Mary was queen, Elizabeth was sent to the Tower of London as a prisoner. Mary believed that Elizabeth supported plots to remove her from power.


• Elizabeth learned to play several musical instruments. She also loved to dance, ride horses, and hunt.


Learn more about the Tower of London



After John de Critz. Queen Elizabeth I. Oil on panel, after 1620.

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