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The Tudor Society

September 28 – Elizabeth I’s favourite sees the queen without her mask of youth

On this day in Tudor history, 28th September 1599, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Elizabeth I's favourite, strode into the queen’s bedchamber unannounced. Elizabeth wasn't ready to see people. She wasn't made up and she wasn't wearing her wig. She must have been furious with Essex.

Why would Essex do such a thing?

Find out why Robert Devereux needed to see his queen so urgently and how Elizabeth I reacted to his visit...

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September 28 – Elizabeth I’s favourite sees the queen without her mask of youth