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Royal Ghost Stories: Elizabeth I


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She’s one of the most famous queens in history and died in 1603. Since then numerous royals (and monarchs themselves) have claimed to have seen the departed monarch in ghost form, and we are taking a look at some of those ghost stories.

Windsor Castle

Queen Elizabeth I has been said to haunt Windsor Castle and has appeared before several monarchs. She has been seen floating from the royal library to an inner room; Kings George III and VI and Edward VII have all claimed to have seen the Virgin Queen. King George III saw a woman in a black dress who he believed to be Elizabeth, and Edward VII saw the same woman. George III also claimed that he spoke to Elizabeth, who told him that she was “married to England.” There’s even a connection to Queen Elizabeth II as her father, King George VI, said he saw her eight nights in a row right as World War Two was beginning.

Strelley Hall

Although this wasn’t a royal who spotted the Tudor queen, another person reported seeing her at Strelley Hall in Nottinghamshire. Steven Wesson, with UK Ghost Hunts, supposedly captured an image of Elizabeth in a cellar archway.

Hatfield House

The Virgin Queen has been said to haunt Hatfield House, as well. Back in 1951, two visitors to the house saw the monarch in the house’s Long Gallery. Although, this encounter has been questioned by many as the royal never resided there as the building didn’t exist until after she died.

About author

Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.