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40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better

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Elizabeth, the only living child of King Henry and Anne Boleyn, was just a toddler when her mother was executed.

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Elizabeth I was born on September 7, 1533, and would be the only living child of King Henry and Anne Boleyn. When her mother was executed at the behest of her father, their marriage was annulled, and Elizabeth was declared an illegitimate child. Elizabeth didn’t speak of her mother much, probably because she didn’t get the opportunity to get to know her before her untimely death. But in many ways, she kept her mother’s memory alive. She adopted one of her mother’s mottos, “Semper Eadem (always the same).” In the 1570s, she wore a ring that housed miniature portraits of herself and her mother.

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