Of all Melford Hall’s visitors, Queen Elizabeth I must be the most famous.
William Cordell did not make himself popular with other Suffolk great houses, as his lavish reception for the Queen here in 1578 ‘did light such a candle to the rest of the shire, that they were glad...to follow the same example’.
The stained glass panel of Elizabeth I in the Gallery was made about two hundred years after her reign, possibly to evoke national pride at a time when Britain was again facing a naval invasion, this time by Napoleon Bonaparte.
The Virgin Queen was followed by other royal visitors, notably Edward and Alexandra, Prince and Princess of Wales. Queen Mary came to tea in the 1920s and Princess Margaret to a ball in the 1990s.