While out riding, William III fell from his horse, suffering a broken collarbone. Complications later led to him contracting pneumonia, from which he succumbed on the 8th of March, 1702.
On the same day of her brother-in-law’s untimely death, Anne Stuart became Queen regnant of England, Scotland, and Ireland.
Anne’s coronation on the 23rd of April 1702 set her on a course of sympathetic and competent rule despite her limited education. Anne was sickly throughout her life yet fell pregnant at least seventeen times. None of her children survived. Anne died on the 1st of August 1714, aged 49. She was the last of the Stuart dynasty and was succeeded by her second cousin, George I of Hanover.