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Mary and Darnley's Wedding
Mary and Darnley's Wedding 2
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: July 29, 1565
In Honour of: Queen Mary
Lord Darnley
In Attendance: Catherine, Queen Mother of France

James Stuart, Earl of Moray
Lord Bothwell
David Rizzio
Lady Lennox
Greer Castleroy

Episode: Pulling Strings
Description: Celebrting the union between Mary and Darnley

Mary and Darnley's Wedding took place in Scotland on the 29th of July, 1565.


Of the arriving guest to witness Mary and Darnley's Catholic wedding, few are as important as Lucrezia de' Medici. She lends legitimacy and strength both to Queen Mary's Scottish rule and Queen Mary and Lord Darnley's joint claims to the English Throne.

However, after Lord Darnley jokingly insulted King Francis, Lucrezia withdrew her support and set sail for the following day back to Florence. Mary was very upset over this, because if the Duchess left, she took her support and the promise of funding with her. Lucrezia agreed to reconsider if she was given the lands belonging to Lord Theodore Davies. The lands were quite valuable, and come with a title, The Earldom of Menteith. Only with this exchange would she continue supporting Mary's rule.

After a day of misadventures, Queen Mary and Lord Bothwell were able to acquiring the Davies Estate' papers. With that, Lucrezia was pleased to continue the alliance between Florence and Scotland.

The wedding was rushed as Mary Stuart needed a husband, and Lord Darnley was both English and from the House of Tudor.

Mary and Darnley were married in a small celebration at Holyrood Palace. With Queen Catherine in attendance representing the Kingdom of France, showing their union for this Mary's sake.

Notes and Trivia[]

Historical Notes[]

  • Mary Stuart and Lord Darnley married in Mary's private chapel at Holyrood Palace on July 29, 1565.
  • Darnley demanded The Crown Matrimonial, which would have made him a co-sovereign of Scotland with the right to keep the Scottish throne for himself if he outlived his wife. However, Mary refused him and their marriage became strained.
  • Unlike in the show, Mary and Darnley conceived after marrying.
  • Mary's brother, James Stuart, Earl of Moray, attended both of Mary's weddings.


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