"Queen Bess entering London"

Queen Elizabeth I (sometimes called Queen Bess) was the second daughter of Henry VIII, from his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Heiress presumptive at the time of her birth, after her mother’s execution as a traitor, she was declared illegitimate, the same fate as that of her older half-sister Mary (daughter of Catherine of Aragon). After Henry VIII’s death, his only son Edward VI became king, aged nine. He died six years later, his will leaving the throne to Lady Jane Grey, a niece of Henry VIII. She was, however, extremely unpopular and deposed after nine days. Queen Mary I rode in triumph into London along with her half-sister Elizabeth who, after Mary’s death, finally became queen in 1558.