Queen Elizabeth I returned to Kenilworth Castle on Wednesday 12th May 2010, as part of the Kenilworth Festival. The Virgin Queen, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was recreated by acclaimed historian and TV celebrity, Lesley Smith in an event organised by Kenilworth and District Soroptimist International.
Lesley brought Elizabeth back to life in The Stables at Kenilworth Castle to a sell out audience. To the audience’s surprise and delight she was joined by Sir Robert Dudley, played by a fellow historian. Lesley said she was thrilled to be playing the role of Elizabeth at Kenilworth Castle which has such strong links to the former Queen. There was an opportunity to take pictures and ask questions of the regal pair after the formal event as they mingled with the audience. Lesley’s skill as an entertainer and educator was greatly appreciated by all.