When the last Tudor monarch, Queen Elizabeth I, died on March 24, 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne as the first Stuart monarch. He traveled to London from Scotland and was crowned king as James I of England on July 25, 1603. However, because of an outbreak of the plague, his ceremonial procession through the city of London was postponed until March 15, 1604. (At this time, the new calendar year did not begin until March 25 in England, thus the difference in the year printed on the items below and the year given here.) The procession was traditionally seen as an opportunity for the crowds to offer their acclamation as part of the king-making process, a meaning which was lost with the delay of the event until almost a year after his coronation.