35th year  -  N° 302                 Wednesday, 28 October 2020         Antwerpen		
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Sunday 8th of February 1587

433 years ago All Her Troubles Came to an End

Queen of Scots Mary Stuart is executed by beheading at the age of 45 in Fotheringhay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom.

Mary was not beheaded with a single strike. The first blow missed her neck and struck the back of her head. The second blow severed the neck except for a small bit of sinew which the executioner cut through using the axe. Afterward he held her head aloft and declared "God save the Queen." At that moment the auburn tresses in his hand turned out to be a wig and the head fell to the ground, revealing that Mary had very short, grey hair.