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Suitors of Elizabeth I



This list gives the names of the principal suitors to the Queen over the course of her life. Some individuals appear more than once as their suit was considered and reconsidered. Those suitors that were given serious consideration by the Queen's government or whose desire for her hand in marriage had a profound influence upon the Queen's personal and political life, have been highlighted.

Early Years (1534-1557)

1534 Duke of Angoulme (third son of Francis I)
1543 Son of the Earl of Arran
1544 Prince Philip (Philip II)
1547 Sir Thomas Seymour
1552 Prince of Denmark
1553 Courtenay, Earl of Devonshire
1554 Philibert Emanuel, Duke of Savoy
1554 Prince of Denmark
1556 Prince Eric of Sweden
1556 Don Carlos (son of Philip II)


As Queen (1558-1584)

1559 Philip II
1559 Prince Eric of Sweden
1559 Son of John Frederic, Duke of Saxony
1559 Sir William Pickering
1559 Earl of Arran
1559 Henry Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel
1559 Robert Dudley
1560 King Eric of Sweden
1560 Adolphus, Duke of Holstein
1560 King Charles IX
1560 Henry, Duke of Anjou
1566 Robert Dudley
1568 Archduke Charles
1570 Henry Duke of Anjou
1572- 1584 Francis, Duke of Alencon, later Anjou.

Compiled from Elizabeth Tudor: The Lonely Queen by Sir Arthur S. MacNalty (1971 edition).



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