Even though her reign ended 400 years ago, Queen Elizabeth I, or at least, an impersonator, visited Meridian High School students Tuesday to make the past come alive.
"It's a good opportunity to share a bit of history that most students don't realize is real," said Kimberly Stockton-Moore, who designed the costume and portrayed the queen Tuesday. "That history is not such a dead piece of information. It is actually fun and exciting."
Stockton-Moore is a Meridian native who is now a fashion designer and an actress in the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, held in Triune, Tenn., in May. She said it's important for everyone to be involved in learning and sometimes reliving history.
"History is important to all of us because history shapes our future," said Stockton-Moore.
Sherry Hatcher, a Meridian High teacher, is the "Queen's" aunt. She brought her to the school so that students could see the importance of history, and how vital it is in life today.
"This seemed to fit right in to so many different classes that we're having, whether it's something they're studying now or something they have studied," said Hatcher. "It was really relevant to them."
The queen and her lady in waiting, Katherine Ashley, are already in rehearsal for this year's festival in middle Tennessee.