Tomb of Queen Elizabeth I (detail), Westminster Abbey, London, England

Tomb of Queen Elizabeth I (detail), Westminster Abbey, London, England

"George the VI (of The King's Speech fame) with Queen Elizabeth." Of the King's Speech fame?! Also Titanic was real.

The King and I: Charming pictures emerge of three-year-old Elizabeth cuddling up to her stuttering father George VI

"George the VI (of The King's Speech fame) with Queen Elizabeth." Of the King's Speech fame?! Also Titanic was real.

Mary, Queen of Scots' death mask. Although most death masks - taken soon after the person was executed - are white, this one has been hand-painted.

Mary, Queen of Scots' death mask. Although most death masks - taken soon after the person was executed - are white, this one has been hand-painted.

Locket ring belonging to Queen Elizabeth I, c.1575, containing portraits of herself and her mother, Anne Boleyn (gold with enamel, rubies, diamonds & mother-of-pearl)

Locket ring belonging to Queen Elizabeth I, c.1575, containing portraits of herself and her mother, Anne Boleyn (gold with enamel, rubies, diamonds & mother-of-pearl)

Although throughout her reign Queen Elizabeth I never spoke publicly of her mother, the “treasonous” and beheaded second wife of Henry VIII,  upon Elizabeth’s death in 1603, this ring was removed from her finger. Within its secret compartment are two miniature enamel portraits, one of Elizabeth, the other, of a woman many believe to be Anne.

Although throughout her reign Queen Elizabeth I never spoke publicly of her mother, the “treasonous” and beheaded second wife of Henry VIII, upon Elizabeth’s death in 1603, this ring was removed from her finger. Within its secret compartment are two miniature enamel portraits, one of Elizabeth, the other, of a woman many believe to be Anne.

Elizabeth I's locket ring ~ 1575 ~ secret locket ring. It wasn’t discovered until her death that the ring opened up to reveal two portraits of her and her mother Queen Anne Boleyn ~ 1575

Tudor monarchs' treasured possessions to go on display at Portrait Gallery

Elizabeth I's locket ring ~ 1575 ~ secret locket ring. It wasn’t discovered until her death that the ring opened up to reveal two portraits of her and her mother Queen Anne Boleyn ~ 1575

Elizabeth the first.  Tudor queen of England and Ireland, nicknamed 'Gloriana' and the 'Virgin Queen' who overcame many challenges and threats at home and from abroad to preside over a perceived 'golden age' in English history.

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Elizabeth the first. Tudor queen of England and Ireland, nicknamed 'Gloriana' and the 'Virgin Queen' who overcame many challenges and threats at home and from abroad to preside over a perceived 'golden age' in English history.

The late Queen Mother of Great Britain  http://www.legacy.com/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory=275516

Fury over book's claim that Queen Mother and her brother were born to family's French cook

The late Queen Mother of Great Britain http://www.legacy.com/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory=275516

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-Present) - Accession to the throne on 2/6/1952 following the death of her father King George VI. Reign 2/6/1952-Present Day

Queen Elizabeth II (1926-Present) - Accession to the throne on 2/6/1952 following the death of her father King George VI. Reign 2/6/1952-Present Day

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