Elizabeth was born on 28 December 1635 at St James's Palace and was baptised there five days later, on 2 January, by William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury.In 1636, Maria de' Medici, Elizabeth's maternal grandmother, attempted to have the infant princess betrothed to the son of the Prince of Orange, the future William II of Orange.
The Children of Charles I, by Margaret Isabel Dicksee, 1895. There are no records of how the royal children spent the fateful hours of 30 January 1649.  By this time, their guardian the Earl of Northumberland had become very attached to the children of Charles I.  He became one of five English peers who opposed the execution of the King.