Did Queen Elizabeth have a happy childhood?
It was the most idyllic place for Elizabeth to grow up – until a shocking decision by her uncle, King Edward VIII, to abdicate the throne brought her happy childhood to a crashing halt when she was just ten years old.
Was Elizabeth I really a virgin?
In 1559, in a speech to parliament, Elizabeth I declared that ‘this shall be for me sufficient that a marble stone shall declare that a Queen, having reigned such a time, lived and died a virgin. … Elizabeth I began her reign on 17th November 1558 as a young woman of only 25 years of age.