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: 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: Further to the use of the non-contemporary passage from Mozart's Requiem, the use of 'Nimrod' from the 'Enigma Variations' by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) is hardly of the time either- a shame especially as there is so much good music of that period still extant...
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: 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.