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 Called (inaccurately) Princess Elizabeth of England, the later Queen Elizabeth of England I., at the age of three (right), at the age of five (left) and at the age of six (middle). The fashions are of the 17th century long after Elizabeth died.


Called (inaccurately) Princess Elizabeth of England, the later Queen Elizabeth of England I., at the age of three (right), at the age of five (left) and at the age of six (middle). The fashions are of the 17th century long after Elizabeth died.

Queen Elizabeth 1, 1533-1603, Hatfield House, where she had returned to live in October 1555. By October 1558, Elizabeth was already making plans for her government. On 6 November, Mary recognised Elizabeth as her heir. On 17 November 1558, Mary died and Elizabeth succeeded to the throne. Elizabeth became queen at the age of 25, and declared her intentions to her Council and other peers who had come to Hatfield to swear allegiance. The speech contains the first record of her adoption of the mediaeval political theology of the sovereign’s “two bodies”: the body natural and the body politic:

‘My lords, the law of nature moves me to sorrow for my sister; the burden that is fallen upon me makes me amazed, and yet, considering I am God’s creature, ordained to obey His appointment, I will thereto yield, desiring from the bottom of my heart that I may have assistance of His grace to be the minister of His heavenly will in this office now committed to me. And as I am but one body naturally considered, though by His permission a body politic to govern, so shall I desire you all … to be assistant to me, that I with my ruling and you with your service may make a good account to Almighty God and leave some comfort to our posterity on earth. I mean to direct all my actions by good advice and counsel.’

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_I_of_England