Corrected entry: Laetitia Knollys did not die by wearing Queen's poisoned dress as shown in the film but rather lived til her 90s and in 1578 married Robert Dudley himself.
Corrected entry: Elizabeth's lady in waiting Cat Ashley was actually much older than her and took care of her when she was a child, not the young woman portrayed in the film.
Corrected entry: Another one of the blindingly obvious historical inaccuracies of this film - Elizabeth was perfectly well aware that Dudley was married. She only distanced herself when his wife died in possibly suspect circumstances and rumours that she died so Dudley could marry Elizabeth emerged.
Corrected entry: Lord Robert Dudley was created Earl of Leicester in 1564 and remained in favour with Elizabeth for the rest of his life, although she did refuse to marry him.
Corrected entry: Sir William Cecil was only 38 at Elizabeth's accession, hardly the old man portrayed. Actually created Lord Burghley in 1571 (the film must end in the mid-1560s, as at the end it states that Elizabeth reigned for another forty years; she died in 1603), he was never retired by Elizabeth, but remained her chief minister for the rest of his life. He died in 1598.
Corrected entry: At the very end of the movie, when Elizabeth is walking to her throne as the Virgin Queen, the music being played is a Requiem written by Mozart. Not exactly a period song.
Corrected entry: When the priest is administering last rites to Mary, she is supposedly already dead. But just before he leans in to check her breathing, you can see her chest (and hands) rise and fall.
Corrected entry: All the way up until the scene where Elizabeth makes love with Dudley, she has long, straight hair. The very next morning, her hair has something like bangs in the front, which are shorter and curlier in the front.