6. Elizabeth I
By David Williamson, ISBN 1855142287., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6639542
Elizabeth I was born September 7, 1533 to Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII.
When Elizabeth was just two years old, her mother was beheaded by the king. Elizabeth was determined to be illegitimate and not an heir to the throne.
She took reign of England and Ireland in 1558 and held it until she died in March of 1603.
The so-called Virgin Queen never married, nor did she have children.
She established the official church as English Protestant and relied on several trusted advisors. This led to a great British victory against the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Her death marked the end of the Tudor dynasty. During her reign, William Shakespeare flourished and English explorers like Francis Drake prevailed.