Queen Elizabeth I of England
Queen Elizabeth I of England, born in 1533 to King Henry the VIII and Anne Boleyn. Since her mother failed to provide a (living) male heir, she was beheaded when Elizabeth was only 2 1/2 years old. She became queen at age 25 in 1558 when her half-sister Mary Tudor died. She ruled for over 40 years until her death in 1603 (aged 69). Her cousin took the throne.
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