Mary Queen of Scots married Lord Darnley - On this day in history


29 July 2019
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Mary Queen of Scots married Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, on 29 July 1565.

Mary Queen of Scots married her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, on 29 July 1565 at Holyrood Palace. Mary and Darnley had first met when they lived in France - he was Mary's first cousin; both were grandchildren of Margaret Tudor. Although the marriage was a love match (the English ambassador Nicholas Throckmorton believed that Mary had been 'bewitched' by Darnley), the union was an unpopular one and infuriated Queen Elizabeth I of England who felt that Mary should have sought her permission to marry Darnley, who as an English-born aristocrat, was her subject.

Darnley's attitude to Mary also hardened attitudes towards him, he was unhappy with his position as king consort and demanded to be given the Crown Matrimonial. He was killed in an explosion in February 1567 at Kirk o'Field, an assassination for which Mary's future husband the Earl of Bothwell was accused of carrying out.

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