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Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

| August 9, 2018

Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

On 9th August 1588, the fifty-four-year-old Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn gave a rousing speech. She gave it to the English troops that had been gathered at Tilbury Fort by her good friend, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in anticipation of the expected invasion by the […]

Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech – 9 August 1588

| August 9, 2014

Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech – 9 August 1588

Although the remaining ships of the Spanish Armada were homeward bound, England was still expecting to be threatened by the troops of the Duke of Parma who could come across the English Channel as soon as the wind was favourable. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, had invited Elizabeth I to visit the 8,000 men he […]

9 August 1588 – Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

| August 9, 2013

9 August 1588 – Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

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 […]