1510 Part One
1510Disaster strikes. Just months after his coronation and wedding, King Henry the Eighth falls ill. By January, he is at death's door and his wife gives birth to a stillborn daughter. Everyone prays he will recover but alas by late February he dies: it is said that minutes before he died, he apologized to his father for failing him and leaving England in the hands of women.
Naturally now everyone is fighting over who shall be the next ruler of England. Princess Mary is fourteen and therefore can be controlled quite easily, perhaps marry her off to Plantagenet cousin. The Duke of Suffolk  is in France and is already preening to return to England to be declared King.
But as the discussions continue, someone is marching towards England with her husband riding beside her: Queen Margaret of Scotland.
Historians will never know exactly when King James and Queen Margaret decided to press her claim to the English throne but preparations started as early as January 31. Some of Queen Margaret's detractors will insist that she poisoned her brother and her sister-in-law in order to gain the throne but that is unlikely as reports from Scotland tell us that Margaret collapsed upon hearing her brother was gravely ill, crying out "Not again! Not again!" which many have taken as the Queen's devastation that she was to lose another brother. Another indicator of the love she bared her brother was naming her third son  Henry.
Upon arriving at the House of Parliament Queen Margaret declares herself, the oldest legitimate remaining heir of the grand house of Tudor Queen Regent of England, Wales and France. King James then kneels at her feet, calling out for all the lords to do the same for the Queen of England. Many historians speculate that King James's act of kneeling at his wife's feet was to show that he had no plans of ruling through her something he stuck to until his death in 1533.
As Margaret has two sons already, the English Lords are swayed to accept her as their Queen as long as her Scottish husband stays out of English business and the Duke of Rothsey (soon to be Prince of Wales) follows the English custom of being sent to Wales once he turns ten.
When hearing about her sister's arrival to claim the throne, fourteen-year-old Mary has Sir Charles Brandon  escort her to London on the fastest horse so she may bow to her sister, proclaiming that she is but a child and her sister was always a better Queen. Letters between the two sisters shows that Mary was being completely sincere, telling Margaret that she was glad to be spared the headaches that came with ruling.
The Dowager Queen Catherine of Aragon is sent packing as she has lost two husbands early in marriage and some people are beginning to believe she is cursed. She returns home to Aragon where she stays until her father finds her a new groom.
In May, Margaret is crowned the first Queen regent of England much to the anger of the exiled Duke of Suffolk who promises to knock the bastard Queen off of her throne the moment he gets the chance.
Margaret just smirks when she learns of the declaration of war as she has an ace up her sleeve and she requests someone bring the Duke of Suffolk a gauntlet and throw it down. In other words, "bring it."
1. That would be Edmund de la Pole who should be in the Tower of London right now but I have decided that he and his brother Richard are hanging out in France.
2. That would be the day in real life Catherine loses her baby, depending on how long it takes messages to get from London to Scotland, in this timeline, it could have been a little earlier.
3. To make Margaret a more attractive candidate as all her rivals are childless, I have decided that all three of her firstborn children are alive and well which of course means that her third son who RL James V would need a new name anyway.
4. No war with England and Scotland, no death for James IV. Also means he dies when Margaret is old enough that nobody would be forcing her to have a second husband in hopes that they won't have a Scottish King.
5. He didn't even get his Dukedom until around 1514 so even I hadn't left Edmund de la Pole alive, he still wouldn't be anything higher than a knight for now.
King James of Scots m Queen Margaret I of England
Prince James Duke of Rothesay and Cornwall future Prince of Wales. b. February 21 1507
Princess Margaret b. July 15 1508
Prince Arthur Duke of Ross. b. October 20 1509