Today In History : January 15, 2022
On This Day In History
On January 15, 1559 Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England and Ireland. The coronation of Elizabeth I took place at Westminster Abbey, London. Elizabeth ascended the throne at the age of 25 upon the death of her half-sister, Mary I, on 17 November 1558.
Mary had reversed the Protestant Reformation which had been started by her two predecessors. Hence this was the last coronation in Great Britain to be conducted under the authority of the Roman Catholic Church.
Historians view Elizabeth’s coronation as a statement of her intention to restore England to Protestantism, but to allow the continuation of some Catholic customs, a compromise known as the Elizabethan Settlement.