While we would like this legend to be true, it is probably apocryphal! But ultimately who knows? It is certainly something a chivalric courtier, like Sir Walter Raleigh, would do!
QUEEN ELIZABETH I
FACT OR FICTION?
Sir Walter Raleigh placed his cloak over a pool of mud before Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth had lots of lovers.
Queen Elizabeth had secret children.
Queen Elizabeth had black teeth.
Queen Elizabeth was so afraid of having a tooth taken out that one of her Archbishops had to show her that the pain was bearable by having a tooth out himself.
Queen Elizabeth had nicknames for her favourite courtiers.
Queen Elizabeth was always having heads chopped off.
Queen Elizabeth knighted Francis Drake upon his famous ship called "The Golden Hind".
Queen Elizabeth kept the letter that Robert Dudley sent to her before his death in her treasure box beside her bed, where it was found fifteen years later when she herself died.
Queen Elizabeth was superstitious and had an interest in the occult.
Queen Elizabeth was really Shakespeare.
Queen Elizabeth had hundreds of dresses.
The Earl of Essex sent Queen Elizabeth a ring before his execution, hoping she would pardon him on receiving it, but one of the Queen's ladies did not give it to her. When the Queen found out she never forgave the lady.
On her deathbed the Queen whispered Robert Dudley's name.
Queen Elizabeth's ghost was seen walking the corridors of Richmond Palace while the Queen lay dying.
Queen Elizabeth's last words were: "All my possessions for a moment of time".
Queen Elizabeth's ghost is said to haunt to Windsor Castle