14 Facts About Elizabeth I

1. Queen Elizabeth I protected Kate Middleton from the paparazzi before she married Prince William.

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2. The Church of England, of which Elizabeth I stood as supreme governor, was attacked by both Catholics and Puritans.

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3. Elizabeth I was the first Tudor to recognise that a monarch ruled by popular consent.

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4. Elizabeth I established an English church that helped shape a national identity and remains in place today.

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5. Elizabeth I was praised as a heroine of the Protestant cause and the ruler of a golden age.

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6. Elizabeth I "agreed to sell munitions supplies to Morocco, and she and Mulai Ahmad al-Mansur talked on and off about mounting a joint operation against the Spanish".

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7. Elizabeth I was replaced by Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy, who took three years to defeat the rebels.

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8. In spring 1599, Elizabeth I sent Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, to put the revolt down.

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9. Elizabeth I enraged Elizabeth by accepting the post of Governor-General from the Dutch States General.

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10. Elizabeth I seems to have taken the courtship seriously for a time, and wore a frog-shaped earring that Anjou had sent her.

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11. Elizabeth I died shortly after the defeat of the Armada.

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12. Elizabeth I was fortunate that many bishoprics were vacant at the time, including the Archbishopric of Canterbury.

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13. Elizabeth I 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.

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14. Elizabeth I was declared illegitimate and deprived of her place in the royal succession.

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