The King is Dead. Long Live the Queen!

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.

Godfrey_Kneller__Queen_Anne_c1705_01aQueen Anne by Godfrey Kneller, circa 1705.

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.

Jack Plane

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About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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3 Responses to The King is Dead. Long Live the Queen!

  1. Eric R says:

    17 pregnancies, and none survived?
    That’s incredible.
    That painting is quite nice though.
    Thank you Mr Jack Plane.
    I enjoy your postings.

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  2. I can’t decide if I like your history lessons or woodworking more. Or maybe you have a knack for blending the two.

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