If you thought that today kids seem to only get younger and younger as they achieve greatness, wait till you hear this. Young Elizabeth has accomplished something no other eleven-year-old girl has. The order of the garter was an order of chivalry, giving titles mostly to men.
In 1477, Elizabeth was barely a teenage girl. Nonetheless, she received one of the most respectable titles one can get — Lady of the Garter. Her mom and aunt were both honored with the same title.
Betrothed No More
But, alas, the stars did not align for the two. The short-lived betrothal was called off when Neville's father, John, decided to take part in the rebellion against Elizabeth's own father.
George's life didn't turn out the best. He lost his claim to his parents' money and property and by 1478 his duke title was revoked, as he had no money to support the manner of living expected from a duke. Ouch.
After George Neville's and Elizabeth Woodville's engagement was called off, another suiter came by. This time, she was nine, and the husband to be was the Dauphin of France, meaning, the king's eldest son.
Just like the previous plan of matrimony, this one didn't come to fruition. In 1482, King Louis XI decided to break his promise. His son, Charles, ended up marrying the Duchess of Brittany later on.
An Unforeseen Tragedy
In 1483, after two failed almost-marriages, an unforeseen tragedy struck the now 17-year-old Elizabeth and her family. Her father, King Edward IV passed away suddenly. He was only 41 at the time he died.
The reason as to what happened to him has remained an enigma to this day. Unlike today, there was no way of knowing what caused someone's demise.
A Failed King
They say one shouldn't speak ill of the dead, but we're about to, so we'd like to apologize in advance for what we're about to say. King Edward IV wasn't that great at his job.
Historians gave King Edward IV the dubious, shameful title of being the only king in the history of England who couldn't really make sure his own son got the throne. Ouch, that's gotta hurt.