Heirs, ranked

Thanks for the request, Paige.
  1. Edward VI
    My beloved son, who deserved longer life and better counsel
  2. Henry Fitzroy
    Though he never could have taken the throne, he was well-suited and a delight to my heart.
  3. Elizabeth I
    A splendid ruler who carried the best of my genes and talents—would that she had been a male rather than the weak sex. Points off for her maternal ancestry, of course.
  4. Mary I
    Too female, too popish, too bloody even for me