The Queen in Cambridge

Great St Mary’s travelled back in time 450 years on 13 September when the royal retinue of Queen Elizabeth I arrived for a visit.

The church was filled with colourful Tudor market stalls, free childrens’ craft activities and Elizabethans from Kentwell Hall waiting expectantly for the Queen to emerge. The Tudor baking went down well with visitors, particularly the honeyed fennel manchets and lemon biscott.

Once Gloriana appeared she was serenaded by the Great St Mary’s Choir, received her subjects and handed out gold (chocolate!) coins.

Historyworks produced this short film which gives a flavour of the day’s events.

Thousands of visitors joined the royal procession in the afternoon and visited St John’s College and King’s College Chapel as part of the Open Cambridge celebrations.

The photos in this gallery were all kindly provided by Mike Player.

To see more photos of the event, please look on our flickr account.

To read more about the historical research into Elizabeth’s only visit to Cambridge, including her impressive Latin speech in Great St Mary’s, please have a look at this article.

This event was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and made possible by the generous help of many people – thank you all!

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