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Francois Clouet, Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots, (source).

On this day in 1542, Princess Mary Stuart became Queen Mary I of Scotland when she was only 6 days old.

Full Name: Mary Stuart
Nationality: Scottish
Profession: Queen of Scotland

[…] Queen regnant of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560. She ascended to the throne when her father, King James V, died despite being only 6 days old.

Born: December 8, 1542
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Linlithgow, Scotland

Died: February 8, 1587 (aged 44)
Cause of Death: Decapitation

-onthisday.com

Mary, Queen of Scots was one of the most fascinating and controversial monarchs of 16th century Europe. At one time, she claimed the crowns of four nations – Scotland, France, England and Ireland. Her physical beauty and kind heart were acknowledged even by her enemies. Yet she lacked the political skills to rule successfully in Scotland.

Her second marriage was unpopular and ended in murder and scandal; her third was even less popular and ended in forced abdication in favour of her infant son. She fled to England in 1568, hoping for the help of her cousin, Elizabeth I.

Her presence was dangerous for the English queen, who feared Catholic plotting on Mary’s behalf. The two queens never met and Mary remained imprisoned for the next nineteen years. She was executed in 1587, only forty-four years old.

By orders of the English government, all of her possessions were burned. In 1603, upon Elizabeth’s death, Mary’s son became king of England as James I.

‘As a sinner I am truly conscious of having often offended my Creator and I beg him to forgive me, but as a Queen and Sovereign, I am aware of no fault or offence for which I have to render account to anyone here below.’ Mary, queen of Scots to her jailer, Sir Amyas Paulet; October 1586

-englishhistory.net


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