Elizabeth Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I of England is by far one of the most recognizable monarchs in history. From birth she was the apple of her father’s eye and expected to be the sister of Henry’s longed for male heir with Anne Boleyn. Unfortunately, two and a half years after her birth, her mother was executed and her father re-married declaring her a bastard.
“The birth of Elizabeth on 7 September 1533 was a bitter disappointment to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who had desperately wanted a son. Nonetheless, until she was two and a half years old the baby enjoyed the title of’princes’ and lived in her own household, where she had precedence over her half-sister Mary. In 1536, however, Elizabeth’s bastardization and demotion followed Anne’s execution. The next year, Elizabeth joined the household of her newborn half-brother Edward, where she remained, except for short visits to court, until Henry died. In 1544, she and Mary were restored to the succession although the taint of bastardy was not removed.” – The Tudor Chronicle 1485-1603, by Susan Doran
Elizabeth had many portraits made of her during her long reign – here are just a few that I was able to gather, in no particular order: