Something that Elizabeth I refused to do was distance herself from the memory of her mother. She would have been raised hearing the stories, but it is clear that she either never believed them or knew that the people around her father and her father himself had some part in Anne’s downfall. Elizabeth’s coronation was the first sign that she would never forget that she was the daughter of Anne Boleyn.
The coronation was planned with Anne’s coronation from June 1533 in mind. The blue cloth that Elizabeth used was a way to make her the Virgin Mary. She was the Virgin Queen and used that imagery throughout the coronation. It was one step further than Anne’s coronation, which included various symbolisms of the Virgin Mary.
The gold outfit for the coronation was designed with Anne’s coronation outfit in mind. Unfortunately, there are no portraits of Anne’s coronation to do a direct comparison.
Finally, Elizabeth made it clear that she wanted to better her half-sister’s coronation, something that was still a living memory for the majority of the English people. She even worked on bettering her half-brother’s coronation. This was something Anne wanted to do with her own coronation, which lasted four days in total. Anne wanted to better Henry VIII’s and Catherine of Aragon’s joint coronation, as well as Catherine’s arrival to England and marriage to Prince Arthur.
Elizabeth was somewhat proud to be the daughter of the disgraced queen. In her later years, she was angry at a letter from the Pope that continued to disgrace her mother.
Elizabeth I succeeded in her reign over the English people. She faced rebellions and uprisings, but continued to find some even ground for the Protestant and Catholic religions. During the majority of her reign, she was loved by the English people. It was only at the end, during the 1590s, that she started making questionable decisions. She had the longest reign out of the children of Henry VIII and would have made her mother proud, and it all started from that lavish coronation in 1559.