Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, was Elizabeth's firm favourite. She would refer to him as her 'Bonny Sweet Robin' and rumor and speculation was rife about the exact nature of their relationship. His first wife, Amy Robsart died in mysterious circumstances and the taint of suspicion stuck itself to Dudley. When he married Lettice Knollys in secret, Queen Elizabeth was furios, banishing them both from court. His last letter was to Elizabeth.