As both Henry’s reign and his love for Elizabeth grew more secure, things got better for the Queen. It is rumored that the royals threw lavish parties where they would dance till dawn. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Elizabeth had a fascination with wild animals, and as fit for a royal, she had her own zoo. At some point, The King bought her a lion, delivered especially for her, from overseas. Is there anything more regal than a queen with a lion?
It was a known fact back in the day that Elizabeth was a gorgeous-looking young woman. But those who thought that's all she had, underestimated her greatly. Her life prepared her to know her way around the English court, her understanding of the English language and people made her invaluable to the french Henry VII.
Her experience showed her they should always be prepared, as someone might try and come for her throne at any moment.
Since kings have been changing left and right, Elizabeth knew that she had to get Henry's name out there. She took on the role of becoming sort of a publicist for him, making sure that his name was known.
But his reputation wasn't the greatest, to say the least. He was perceived as being a penny pincher. The truth is, that was only a facade. While no one was watching, he showered both Elizabeth and his kids with gifts.
In 1486, Elizabeth finally had her first-ever son: Arthur Tudor, the Prince of Wales. But this wasn't just any child — the existence of an heir meant everything for Henry and his wife.
It made their political and royal alliance stronger. It seemed as if the Houses of York and Tudor were undefeatable. At two, Arthur received his title of a prince, and by the time he was three years old, there were already thoughts and schemes as to who he should marry.
A Sudden Sickness
Baby Arthur finally got married in 1501, at the tender age of fourteen. His chosen wife was Catherine, the offspring of a Spanish Monarch. The match was supposed to help kickstart the relationship between England and Spain so that they could gain power against France.
But a terrible tragedy struck the life of Elizabeth once again. Six months after he was married off, at 15, Arthur passed away because of a sudden sickness.