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7 September – Birth of Queen Elizabeth I, Gloriana

On this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, at Greenwich Palace, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a daughter who would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, Gloriana, Good Queen Bess, a queen who would rule England for over 44 years.

Happy birthday to Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)!

Find out more about her birth, the reactions and celebrations in today's talk.

You can find out more about Elizabeth I and her reign in this 60-second history video:

Find out more about Elizabeth I in our Tudor Society e-book on her - click here and use the search box to search for articles and resources.
Also on this day in history:

  • 1500 – Birth of Sebastian Newdigate, member of Henry VIII's Privy Chamber, Carthusian monk and Roman Catholic martyr, at Harefield in Middlesex.
  • 1523 – Birth of Alice Barnham (née Bradbridge), silkwoman and benefactor, at Chichester. Alice is known for being one of the subjects of one of the earliest English family group portraits: “Alice Barnham and her Sons Martin and Steven” (once entitled “Lady Ingram and her Two Boys Martin and Steven” in error) from 1557.
  • 1533 – Marriage of Charles Brandon and Catherine Willoughby.
  • 1571 – Arrest of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, for his part in the Ridolfi Plot to assassinate Elizabeth I and to replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. Howard confessed to corresponding with Mary's supporters and was taken to the Tower of London. He was executed on 2nd June 1572 after being found guilty of high treason.
  • 1587 – Burial of Richard Barnes, Bishop of Durham during Elizabeth I's reign, in the choir of Durham Cathedral.

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7 September – Birth of Queen Elizabeth I, Gloriana