|Courtesy of Grandma's Nursery Rhymes|
"I've been up to London to visit the Queen"
"Pussycat pussycat, what did you there?"
"I frightened a little mouse under her chair."
Although this nursery rhyme was first published in 1805, it is believed that it dates back to 16th century Tudor England and the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
It is said that one of the Queen's Ladies in Waiting had an old cat and this cat was allowed to roam around Windsor castle. One day it ran underneath the Queen's throne and its tail brushed against her foot which gave her a bit of a fright. Luckily, 'Good Queen Bess' found this amusing and decided that the cat would be allowed to roam freely around the throne room as long as it kept the room free of mice.
I love this nursery rhyme and I love this story.