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The Tudor Society

7 September – Charles Brandon marries his young ward, and Elizabeth I is born

On this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, just over two months after the death of his previous wife, Mary Tudor. Queen of France, forty-nine-year-old Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, married his ward, fourteen-year-old Catherine Willoughby.

Find out more about this Tudor couple, how they came to be married, what their marriage was like, and what happened to them...

Also on this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, the very same day, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was born at Greenwich Palace. Find out more about her birth, the reactions and celebrations...

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7 September – Charles Brandon marries his young ward, and Elizabeth I is born