Magnet pictures English Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603), queen of England and Ireland. Done by an unknown artist in approximately 1546 when Elizabeth was about 13 years old, not long before her father died and Elizabeth went to live at Chelsea with her former stepmother, Catherine Parr, and Catherine's new husband, the licentious Thomas Seymour.
Daughter of King Henry VIII and his 2nd wife Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was the 5th and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. She reigned for 45 years beginning in 1558, a period known as the Golden Age.
The relatively peaceful Elizabethan era is known for a blossoming of the arts, political stability, improved prosperity and the Protestant Reformation.
Elizabeth has been beloved for over 400 years. She remains today as a role model, an enigma, a ruler, a heroine.