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After Edward's death, Jane was proclaimed queen on 10 July 1553 and awaited coronation in the Tower of London . Support for Mary grew very quickly and most of Jane's supporters abandoned her. The Privy Council decided to change sides and proclaimed Mary as queen on 19 July 1553, deposing Lady Jane. Her primary supporter, the Duke of Northumberland, was accused of treason and executed less than a month later. Jane was held as a prisoner at the Tower and was convicted of high treason in November 1553, which carried a sentence of death, although her life was initially spared by Mary. After her father Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Suffolk , became part of Wyatt's rebellion of January and February 1554 against Queen Mary's plans to marry Philip of Spain , Jane was viewed as a threat to the crown; both Jane and her husband were executed on 12 February 1554.

The Earl of Arundel and the Earl of Pembroke took it upon themselves to convince the rest of the council members that Mary was the rightful heir to the throne. They started the task the day before but some members took some time to convince. It is possible that they feared their actions would be seen as treasonous should Jane remain as Queen. It is also possible that they believed that Mary shouldn’t be Queen of England.


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