On 25 July 1603, King James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England.
|King James I of England with sceptre and crown|
The date of this coronation is rather curious, since the day before was the 36th anniversary of the day that he inherited the Scottish throne from his mother, Mary Queen of Scots.
|King James, by Nicholas Hilliard, ca. 1603-9|
This anniversary, of the day that James became King of Scotland, must have been very bittersweet to him.
|Mary Queen of Scots and King James, 1583|
There are many theories why he did this, but perhaps the most compelling answer is that his mother Mary was a controversial figure, and disliked by Queen Elizabeth. James did not want to risk his standing with Elizabeth, nor ruin his chances of succeeding her.
|Patrick Page in a recent production as Coriolanus|
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