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9 July – Elizabeth I visits Robert Dudley’s castle

On this day in Tudor history, 9th July 1575, Queen Elizabeth I visited Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, home of her favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Her stay would be a long one, 19 days!

Find out a bit more about her stay at Kenilworth Castle in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts...

You can enjoy a more detailed talk on Elizabeth's visit to Kenilworth here.

On this day in Tudor history, 9th July 1553, three days after the death of her half-brother, King Edward VI, and the day after she'd proclaimed herself queen at her estate at Kenninghall, Mary (future Mary I), daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, wrote to the late king's privy council regarding "some evil" that she'd heard.

But what was going on? What had Mary heard and what was she going to do about it?

Find out more about the situation and Mary's letter...

Also on this day in history, 9th July 1540, Anne of Cleves went from being Henry VIII’s queen consort to being his “right dear and right entirely beloved sister” after their marriage was annulled.

Why was their marriage annulled?

How did Anne of Cleves react to the news?

What happened to her and Henry VIII afterwards?

Find out...

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9 July – Elizabeth I visits Robert Dudley’s castle