23 January – Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange and the death of Ferdinand II

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd January 1571, after dining with its founder, Sir Thomas Gresham, Queen Elizabeth I opened the Royal Exchange in London.

Find out more about the official opening, what the Royal Exchange was, why Gresham paid for its building, and what happened to it, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, on 23rd January 1516, King Ferdinand II of Aragon died.

Find out more about Ferdinand II’s death in this video…

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