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Elizabeth on Tour

Centuries before television, Elizabeth understood that her people would be more loyal if they could actually see their queen. During the summer, Elizabeth would leave the heat, smells, and diseases of London and travel through her kingdom, visiting major towns, universities, and the great country estates of her nobility. On these trips called "Progresses," Elizabeth was accompanied by hundreds of members of her court and as many as five hundred carts with furnishings and provisions. The royal procession stretched for miles as it inched slowly across the landscape, and her subjects lined the way, hoping to glimpse the monarch or hear her speak. Lucky hosts spared no expense to entertain the queen, even if her visit put them into debt for years to come.

Itinerary and key for the Progress of 1575 coming soon!

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