9 August 1588 – Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

Elizabeth I Armada Portrait
Elizabeth I Armada Portrait

On the 9th August 1588 (old calendar) Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, appeared before her troops at Tilbury Fort, where they had gathered to defend England from the Spanish Armada. According to tradition, the Queen appeared in armour and gave a rousing speech.

You can read the different versions of her speech and also descriptions of her attire in my article “The Spanish Armada 8 – Elizabeth’s Tilbury Speech”.

I’m sure her parents would have been proud of her.

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