Mary, Queen of Scots

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Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, 1545 - 1567. Consort of Mary, Queen of Scots
1564

One of the biggest worries of Mary’s reign was the relationship with her Protestant cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England. Elizabeth had no heirs, which meant that Mary as her closest relative, was, in many people’s eyes,  the best candidate to succeed her as Queen of England. The English establishment, however, loathed the idea of a catholic queen and Elizabeth was reluctant to choose a successor.

Mary attempted to show her Protestant and pro-English commitment by making an acceptable marriage, but Elizabeth opposed almost every candidate. In the end, Mary decided to marry her English cousin, Lord Darnley. The English were outraged by the match as Mary and Darnley were both legitimate heirs to the English throne and their marriage strengthened each other’s claim.

  • Credits Purchased 1975
  • Medium Oil on panel
  • Size 76.20 x 58.40 cm (framed: 94.70 x 77.50 x 5.00 cm)

Did you know?

Mary and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England, never actually met in person.