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Celebrate Summer with Mary and Elizabeth

Today is the first day of Summer! For the occasion we chose two special events that took place in the Summer in the Tudor era. 

Mary, Queen of Scots

In late summer, on the 9th of September 1543, Mary was crowned Queen at only nine months old. The ceremony took place at the Chapel Royal of Stirling Castle. She was the first Scottish monarch to use both the new crown (made for her father, James V) and sceptre together.

Information from: The Anne Boleyn Files YouTube channel

Interested in learning more about Mary, Queen of Scots? You can take a look at these articles and videos:
- Watch: Mary, Queen of Scots’ life in Edinburgh documentary
- Read: The tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots


Elizabeth I

On the 9th of August 1588, Elizabeth gave her famous Tilbury speech to the troops which were fighting against the Spanish Armada. In her speech she said the words “I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king and of a king of England too”. Not everyone believes this to be true, there are other versions of the speech. 

Information from: Susan Frye. 

Interested in learning more about Elizabeth? You can read or watch more here:
- Watch: The new documentary ‘Information circulation and Queen Elizabeth I'.
- Read: The Myth of Elizabeth at Tilbury (Here you can read more about the other versions). 


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Celebrate Summer with Mary and Elizabeth