A standing “Navy Royal”, with its own secretariat, dockyards and a permanent core of purpose-built warships, emerged during the reign of Henry VIII. Under Elizabeth I England became involved in a war with Spain, which saw privately owned vessels combining with the Queen’s ships in highly profitable raids against Spanish commerce and colonies.The Royal Navy was then used in 1588 to repulse the Spanish Armada. In 1603, the Union of the Crowns created a personal union between England and Scotland. While the two remained distinct sovereign states for a further century, the two navies increasingly fought as a single force. During the early 17th century, England’s relative naval power deteriorated until Charles I undertook a major program of shipbuilding. His methods of financing the fleet however to the outbreak of the English Civil War, and the abolition of the monarchy.