Queen Elizabeth I. was a remarkable person in her own right. She had to assert her authority in a male-dominated world and had to maintain her position as a woman on the throne of England and was successful in achieving both. Elizabeth I. did not only leave a lasting impression on her contemporaries and posterity because of her beauty, she also deeply impressed them by her intelligence, wisdom and her ability to run the government business. Regarding the last point, she surpassed some of her contemporaries if not some of the male monarchs at home and abroad. During the time of Elizabeths reign, a number of symbols for her features had been established. Thus, the phoenix became a symbol for the queens virginity and uniqueness and the pelican became the icon for her love for her nation. During her life she was portrayed as glorious queen, loving and caring mother, celestial being and goddess in her paintings. Even the representations in the diverse films about Elizabeth I. comply with those of the portraits. The reason for that is that the representation of the feature films are based on those of the paintings. The aim of this diploma thesis is to analyse the portraits and films concerning the representations of Queen Elizabeth I. To that end, the symbols which were attributed to the queen will be investigated regarding their validity and significance. In the second part of this paper, the different representations of Elizabeth in the feature films will be analysed. In order to do this, the representations of the queen in the films will be compared to those of the portraits. In doing so, it will be reacted to the similarities, accordances and differences, if those exist.