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Queen's Day (England)

November 17
This is the day on which Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne in 1558 upon the death of her sister, Queen Mary I. Often referred to as the Virgin Queen because she never married, Elizabeth reigned for 44 years—a period that came to be known as the Elizabethan Age because it marked England's rise as a major European power in commerce, politics, and the arts.
The anniversary of her coronation was celebrated for more than 300 years after her reign ended, primarily as a holiday for those working in government offices. After the Gunpowder Plot was exposed in 1605, two years following Elizabeth's death, the day was marked by anti-papal demonstrations, which included burning the pope in effigy. Queen Elizabeth's Day eventually merged with the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day.
CONTACTS:
The British Monarchy Official Web Site
Buckingham Palace
London, SW1A 1AA United Kingdom
44-20-7930-4832
www.royal.gov.uk
SOURCES:
AnnivHol-2000, p. 192
DictDays-1988, p. 93
OxYear-1999, p. 466
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Performance, Poetry and Politics on the Queen's Day, a series of interrelated essays recounting the events of this special day, is valuable as much for its form as its content: as much for demonstrating the advantages of interdisciplinary study as for shedding light on the queen's strategies for creating concord within the divided kingdom through this particular event.
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