7 September 1533
The birth of Princess Elizabeth (later QEI), at Greenwich
, near London
, almost nine months after her parents' secret marriage, was a severe blow to both of them because of her sex.
31 July 1544
The precocious child who would one day be QEI wrote her earliest surviving letter, in Italian, to her stepmother Katherine Parr
9 August 1588
QEI delivered the speech containing probably the most famous of her words, at Tilbury
on the Thames
estuary, to troops ready to embark against the Spanish Armada.
17 February 1603
QEI's latest surviving dated writing is a letter to Charles Blount, Lord Mountjoy (later Earl of Devon), regarding the Irish
rebel leader, Hugh O'Neill, Lord Tyrone.
24 March 1603
At 3 a.m. QEI "departed this lyfe, mildly like a lambe, easily like a ripe apple from the tree"
(probably of bronchitis or pneumonia); James VI of Scotland succeeded her as James I