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The abdication of Mary, Queen of Scots

450 years ago on 24 July 1567 Mary, Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned at Lochleven Castle and who had only recently suffered a miscarriage, was forced to abdicate. The Scottish crown passed to her infant son, James, who became James VI of Scotland and would later ultimately go on to be James I of England. As James was only one year old at the time, his uncle, Mary’s illegitimate half-brother, James Stewart Earl of Moray, acted as regent. 

Quite how did the Queen manage to turn the nobility against her? One thing is for sure, her relatively short life was complex and tempestuous...

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“I am so very fond of him [Abdul]. He is so good & gentle & understanding... & is a real comfort to me.”

Queen Victoria

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