450th Anniversary of Elizabeth’s Accession to the Throne

Remaining section of the Old Palace at Hatfield – Elizabeth’s residence when she became Queen.

“A Dominum factum est illud, et est mirabile in oculis notris”
“It is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes” – 118th Psalm

According to legend, these are the words that Elizabeth said upon hearing that her sister Mary had died and she was now Queen of England. I got a message from Heather at ElizabethI.org that the flowers we were collecting for have been sent. I doubt we’ll get a picture, but if we do I’ll be sure to post it.

And since this is also the anniversary of Mary I’s death, I’d like to say Requiscat in Pace – Rest in Peace.

Update – The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has Elizabeth as the Life of the Day today.

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  1. It’s a shame that the photo does not show the lovely restored sunken garden in front of the building. The current Marchioness of Salisbury spent a small fortune in reproducing the garden as it is believed to have appeared in Elizabeth’s day.

  2. I’ve got more photos (and still more that I haven’t posted yet) here: http://tudorhistory.org/places/hatfield/gallery.html

  3. Thanks for the photo PhD H! – Here’s the link for anyone who wants to see it: http://www.tudorhistory.org/blogpics/HatfieldHouse2.jpg

  4. I took the opportunity to attend a “Queen Elizabeth Banquet” in Hatfield’s Old Hall. Perhaps the company doesn’t do these any more (it was in 1985!) and it was definitely a touristy-thing, but it was such fun. Especially as Queen Elizabeth was our hostess.

    Seeing the only original portion of Hatfield was great. Never did get to see the ‘new’ place, the one that Robert Cecil made over. He wasn’t a Tudor 🙂

    Thanks for the pictures and for springing to mind a happy memory.

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