The Queen is Richard’s wife, a French princess. She is devoted to her husband, but has a great feeling of foreboding at his departure for Ireland.
She is kept entirely out of the loop of politics, and only finds out about Richard’s capture when she overhears her gardener talking. She is generally melancholy, though this is mostly in reaction to events. The only action she takes of her own accord is going to see her husband as he is led to prison. She is disconcerted by Richard’s loss of poise, and disheartened by Northumberland’s refusal to let her join her husband in prison. She leaves for exile in France in despair.