Lady Jane Grey: Leicester’s nine-day queen

In July 1553, a young noble named Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed as Queen of England and Ireland.

A rainbow over Bradgate House, the home of Lady Jane Grey, at Bradgate Park near Leicester © Donald Ogg
A rainbow over Bradgate House, the home of Lady Jane Grey, at Bradgate Park near Leicester

Still a teenager, her reign lasted just nine days and her life came to an end in the most brutal of circumstances only seven months later. Lady Jane Grey’s tragic story has captured the imagination ever since, not least here in Leicester where she is believed to have spent much of her early life.

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