Queen Elizabeth the 1st’s reign was sometimes referred to as the Golden Age or Elizabethan England, an era of peace and prosperity, when the arts had a chance to blossom with Elizabeth’s support. While she worked hard at court, Elizabeth took time for leisurely pursuits. She loved music and could play the lute.The daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn,Elizabeth succeeded to the throne in 1559 upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary. In 1563 Elizabeth proposed her own suitor, Robert Dudley, as a husband for Mary, without asking either of the two people concerned.
In 1562 she became sick with smallpox. Unlike many people who died from the disease, she managed to survive. After 44 years of rule, Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England died, and King James VI of Scotland ascended to the throne, uniting England and Scotland, under a single British monarch. Queen Elizabeth died on March 24, 1603 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.