Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
5. Were Robert Dudley and the Queen lovers?
While it is likely that Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley had romantic feelings for each other, it is unlikely that they ever consummated their relationship. Even if all moral considerations of the day were cast aside by both, there was still the problem of a potential pregnancy, and a pregnancy outside of wedlock would have been a political disaster for the Queen. They were openly affectionate with each other, however, and gave each other support and comfort in difficult times. The foundation of their relationship was always friendship, and this remained even when the public passion of their early relationship had waned.