James Charles Stuart became King James the VI of Scotland in 1567 when he was only 13 months old. Then some 33 years later, on March 24, 1603, he also became King James I of England. King James' English predecessor, his cousin Queen Elizabeth, had died childless. It is said that Queen Elizabeth assumed that King James would be her successor--he was a proven king and a descendant of her father English King Henry VII (King Henry VII's daughter Margaret married James IV of Scotland).
When King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne in 1603, he became King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England--hence, King James VI & I. King James was now the first King of what he liked to called Great Britain. His ascension to the English throne forever joined the crowns of England and Scotland. The line of Scottish kings ended with King James VI.
Did you know...
...that both Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana's ancestories go back to King James VI & I? See for yourself here.
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