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The Nine Days’ Queen

Posted in Anniversary, History, Royalty on Wednesday, 30 June 2010

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picture, Lady Jane Grey at the Tower of London

Lady Jane Grey at the Tower of London. Illustration by Peter Jackson

10 July marks the anniversary of the rise to the throne of Lady Jane Grey in 1553. A staunch Protestant, she was the grandniece of King Henry VIII, who wished to pass the succession of the crown down through his younger sister should his children leave no heirs. Jane, married Lord Guilford Dudley, son of the Duke of Northumberland, was proclaimed Queen by her husband following the death of Edward VII. She was taken to the Tower of London, only to be deposed nine days later by Edward’s (Catholic) half-sister, Mary, who was declared Queen on 19 July.

Jane and her husband were charged with treason and Lady Jane, whose reign over England was the shortest in history, was executed at Tower Hill on 12 February 1554.

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One comment on “The Nine Days’ Queen”

  1. 1. SonjaMarie says:

    Hope more images will be added in the future! Jane was actually told on July 9th that she was left the crown by Edward VI.

    Sonja Marie
    The Lady Jane Grey Internet Museum

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