You picked the people's choice.

If you thought Elizabeth was the odd one out, you're right about one thing. Shakespeare did not write any plays about her.

Elizabeth I was Queen of England in Shakespeare's day. Many people remembered her as a saintly ruler who had defended her country from tyrants like Philip II, the King of Spain.

You could say Elizabeth is here to illustrate how people felt about the qualities of the best rulers. As a queen, she would have been the people's choice. For the people who built the statue, she was everything that their own government was not!

Bust of Queen Elizabeth I

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Why change his image?
To celebrate him?
To promote him?
To play at politics?

To reinvent him?

the early likenesses
his first published portrait One from the family gallery
his funeral bust
A stately statue

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