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Queen Jane Grey

Last updated 19 April 2015

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Lady Jane Grey was the Queen of England for nine days from 10 to 19 July 1553.

At the age of fifteen, Jane Grey was forced into a marriage with Lord Guilford Dudley by her mother. She found her husband an ass. He talked of nothing but himself, failed to compliment her if she wore a new gown and never washed.

Jane Grey became queen when aged sixteen as her father wished, but she never wanted to rule. She met Rani Chandra on 19 July 1553, the ninth and final day of Jane's reign. Rani was found by Mistress Ellen, who believed her to be the queen's new lady-in-waiting. Rani played along so she could find the object she had been sent to the past to retrieve. Ellen presented Rani to the Queen, who gave her a music box. Despite the misunderstanding, Jane and the others ironically addressed Rani in the proper fashion; having been created a peeress of a foreign planet, she legitimately held the title, Lady Rani, in her own right, rather than as the courtesy title of a nobleman's daughter which Mistress Ellen and Queen Jane assumed. Jane liked Rani because she spoke to her as a girl and not a queen and became friends with her.

Jane learned that Mary had claimed the throne and proclaimed Jane a traitor who would be sentenced to death. Lady Matilda tried to kill Jane that night so she would become a martyr, but Rani stopped her. Rani worked out that the dagger Matilda tried to kill Jane with was the object the Shopkeeper was after. She retrieved it and stayed to comfort Jane before using it to teleport back to 2010. Jane suspected Rani was an angel and this strengthened her.

Before her death, she wrote to her sister Catherine knowing that she had achieved immortality as Rani had told her earlier that she would be remembered for centuries to come.

Biography from the TARDIS Data Core article, licensed under CC-BY-SA