Queen Elizabeth’s Seal – Reverse

Show the image for the reverse of Queen Elizabeth I’s Great Seal to the class on a whiteboard/printed copies.

Can you find the following objects on the reverse of the seal?

A fleur de lys; harp; clouds and rays around the Queen’s head; a horse with plaited mane; Tudor Rose.

  • Why do you think the Tudor Rose appears on both sides of this seal?
  • A fleur-de-lys stands for France, which country does the harp stand for?
  • Why would she want to include these symbols?
  • Why do think Elizabeth is shown seated on a horse?
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