(Britten: Gloriana). Sop. Penelope, sister of the Earl of Essex. She is the lover of Lord Mountjoy. She plots with him, and with the Earl and Countess of Essex, how the four of them will choose who is to succeed the Queen when she dies. After Essex has been sentenced to death for supposed treason, Lady Rich pleads with the Queen not to sign the warrant for his execution. The Queen, regarding Penelope's attitude as rather haughty, refuses her pleas and seals her brother's fate. Created (1953) by Jennifer Vyvyan.