A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum in London will provide rare insight into the private life of Queen Elizabeth I, showcasing such intimate artifacts as love letters from her suitors and largely unseen portraits of the monarch.
The exhibition is being staged to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Elizabeth’s death in 1603. Many of the paintings, manuscripts and fine art objects have never before been displayed to the public.
Queen Elizabeth II will officially open the exhibit Thursday. On view will be 350 items related to Elizabeth I, including drawings made at the execution of her enemy, Mary, Queen of Scots, and a copy of her first speech as queen.