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After “marrying” Queen Elizabeth’s father, Henry VII, she became the queen. Soon after she became pregnant, everyone was preparing for the little prince, Prince Edward, but whenever Anne Boleyn’s due date came she had a little girl, Princess Elizabeth. After many failed attempts at conceiving, the king became angry and started to think of a way to end their marriage. With the help of a few of Anne’s enemies at court, King Henry started an investigation. Anne was eventually arrested on the charges of adultery, incest, and plotting to murder the king.
To do this, he defied the Catholic Church and cut ties with the church and England in order to end his marriage with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. This was the spark that fueled the religious unrest when Elizabeth would later come to receive the throne. However, with Elizabeth’s birth, King Henry VIII was not entirely thrilled and, therefore, executed Anne Boleyn when Elizabeth was three for not producing a son during the marriage. Along with the execution, King Henry had other children to tend to. This, in turn, led to a turbulent childhood for Elizabeth as she passed into obscurity, but it was not a loss for her.