Sunday, March 24, 2013

On This Day in Elizabethan History: The Death of Queen Elizabeth I

The wooden head of a funeral effigy of Queen Elizabeth I.

On this day in 1603, after 44 years on the throne of England, Queen Elizabeth I passed away at the age of 69 at Richmond Palace. 

The impressive marble effigy of Queen Elizabeth I on her tomb in Westminster Abbey. This photo was shared for public use provided credit was given by Lara E. Eakins of

To read about Queen Elizabeth's final days before her death, and to re-visit the highlights of her illustrious reign, please view our article, The Death of Queen Elizabeth I, and the End of the Elizabethan Era.

The funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth I, circa 1603. Picture acquired through Wikimedia Commons. Image public domain.

Rest in Peace, Queen Elizabeth I. It was an honor to share your legacy with others yesterday when I presented two of my original BeingBess programs, Queen Elizabeth I Addresses Her Troops at Tilbury, and In Her Own Words: An Audience With Queen Elizabeth I at The Higgins Armory Museum.

The author as Queen Elizabeth I presenting one of her original BeingBess programs on 3/23/13. Photo by L.Jensen.

What do you find most impressive about Queen Elizabeth I or her reign? Please share your opinion below so that together, we can celebrate her memory!