Queen Elizabeth vs. Mary Queen Of Scots

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Difference between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen Of Scots

Two of the most colorful and recognizable figures in British history are Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots. The two monarchs’ histories actually intertwine at various points, and no study of one is complete without a mention of the other. This article aims to showcase the highlights of both of these remarkable women’s lives and their most notable characteristics.

Queen Elizabeth
Mary Queen Of Scots

Rise To The Throne

Queen Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, after which one of her first official actions was to make Protestantism the official religion of Britain.Mary Queen Of Scots’ rise to the throne was the end result of a sequence of events that began with a planned marriage to Edward, the sole heir of Henry VIII. The marriage didn't push through however, since the Scots decided that an alliance with France was more to their favor. Mary ended up marrying the heir to the French throne in 1558, and the couple was crowned king and queen of France the following year. Mary's husband subsequently died, and she moved back to Scotland, and later married Henry Stuart who was the heir to the English throne.


Queen Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Mary Queen Of Scots on the other hand was the daughter of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise.

Acts Against Each Other

Mary Queen of Scots made a bid for the throne in 1558, although she failed in her attempt. With her subsequent marriage to the Earl of Bothwell, the Scots turned against her and she sought help from Queen Elizabeth. Elizabeth suspected Mary of plotting to take over the throne herself, and she ordered Mary imprisoned for eighteen years.When Elizabeth became queen in 1558, England was made a Protestant country. Many of the Catholics in the country then set about making plans for her to be replaced by Mary Queen of Scots. However, a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth was uncovered in 1586, and she then signed an execution order for Mary, a sentence that was carried out by beheading on February 8, 1587.


Queen Elizabeth

  • Was born in 1533
  • Became Queen of England in 1558 after that death of her sister Mary
  • Was born to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
  • Was imprisoned in the Tower of London in order to prevent her from leading a Protestant rebellion against Mary and taking over the throne
  • Made England a protestant country in 1558
  • Died in 1603

Mary Queen Of Scots

  • Born in 1542
  • Was the daughter of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise
  • Was crowned Queen of Scotland upon her father's death
  • Was to be married to Henry VIII’s son Edward
  • Spent her childhood in France
  • Married Prince Francis in 1558
  • Became king and queen of France in 1559
  • Was beheaded on February 8, 1587

Which queen ordered the beheading of the other?
  • Queen Elizabeth
  • Mary Queen Of Scots

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