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}}| issue = Prince William, Duke of Gloucester| issue-link = #Pregnancies| issue-pipe = more...House of Stuart>Stuart| father = James II & VII| mother = Anne Hyde| birth_date = 6 February 1665St James's Palace, Westminster, Kingdom of England>England| death_date = 1 August 1714 (aged 49)Kensington Palace, Middlesex, England, Kingdom of Great Britain>Great Britain| burial_date = 24 August 1714| burial_place = Westminster Abbey| signature = Firma Reina Ana.svg| religion = Anglican}}Anne (6 February 1665 – 1 August 1714){{efn|All dates in this article are in the Old Style Julian calendar used in Great Britain throughout Anne's lifetime, except that years are assumed to start on 1 January rather than 25 March, which was the English New Year.}} was the Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland between 8 March 1702 and 1 May 1707. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, the kingdoms of England and Scotland united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death in 1714.Anne was born in the reign of Charles II to his younger brother and heir presumptive, James, whose suspected Roman Catholicism was unpopular in England. On Charles's instructions Anne and her elder sister, Mary, were raised as Anglicans. Mary married their Dutch Protestant cousin, William III of Orange, in 1677, and Anne married Prince George of Denmark in 1683. On Charles's death in 1685, James succeeded to the throne, but just three years later he was deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688. Mary and William became joint monarchs. Although the sisters had been close, disagreements over Anne's finances, status and choice of acquaintances arose shortly after Mary's accession and they became estranged. William and Mary had no children. After Mary's death in 1694, William reigned alone until his own death in 1702, when Anne succeeded him.During her reign, Anne favoured moderate Tory politicians, who were more likely to share her Anglican religious views than their opponents, the Whigs. The Whigs grew more powerful during the course of the War of the Spanish Succession, until 1710 when Anne dismissed many of them from office. Her close friendship with Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, turned sour as the result of political differences. The Duchess took revenge with an unflattering description of the Queen in her memoirs, which was widely accepted by historians until Anne was re-assessed in the late 20th century.Anne was plagued by ill health throughout her life, and from her thirties, she grew increasingly ill and obese. Despite seventeen pregnancies by her husband, she died without surviving issue and was the last monarch of the House of Stuart. Under the Act of Settlement 1701, which excluded all Catholics, she was succeeded by her second cousin George I of the House of Hanover.

Early life

File:The Duke and Duchess of York with their two daughters..jpg|thumb|left|Anne (centre) and her sister Mary (left) with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of York, painted by Peter Lely and Benedetto Gennari IIBenedetto Gennari IIAnne was born at 11:39 p.m. on 6 February 1665 at St James's Palace, London, the fourth child and second daughter of the Duke of York (afterwards James II and VII), and his first wife, Anne Hyde.Curtis, pp. 12–17; Gregg, p. 4 Her father was the younger brother of King Charles II, who ruled the three kingdoms of England, Scotland and Ireland, and her mother was the daughter of Lord Chancellor Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon. At her Anglican baptism in the Chapel Royal at St James's, her older sister, Mary, was one of her godparents, along with the Duchess of Monmouth and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Gilbert Sheldon.Gregg, p. 4 The Duke and Duchess of York had eight children, but Anne and Mary were the only ones to survive into adulthood.Green, p. 17; Gregg, p. 6; Waller, pp. 293–295As a child, Anne suffered from an eye condition, which manifested as excessive watering known as "defluxion". For medical treatment, she was sent to France, where she lived with her paternal grandmother, Henrietta Maria of France, at the Château de Colombes near Paris.Curtis, pp. 19–21; Green, p. 20; Gregg, p. 6 Following her grandmother's death in 1669, Anne lived with an aunt, Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orléans. On the sudden death of her aunt in 1670, Anne returned to England. Her mother died the following year.Curtis, pp. 21–23; Gregg, p. 8; Somerset, pp. 11–13; Waller, p. 295As was traditional in the royal family, Anne and her sister were brought up separated from their father in their own establishment at Richmond, London.Gregg, p. 5 On the instructions of Charles II, they were raised as Protestants.Curtis, pp. 23–24; Gregg, p. 13; Somerset, p. 20 Placed in the care of Colonel Edward and Lady Frances Villiers,Green, p. 21; Gregg, p. 5 their education was focused on the teachings of the Anglican church.Curtis, p. 28; Gregg, p. 13; Waller, p. 296 Henry Compton, Bishop of London, was appointed as Anne's preceptor.Somerset, p. 20Around 1671, Anne first made the acquaintance of Sarah Jennings, who later became her close friend and one of her most influential advisors.Curtis, p. 27; Green, p. 21; Gregg, p. 28 Jennings married John Churchill (the future Duke of Marlborough) in about 1678. His sister, Arabella Churchill, was the Duke of York's mistress, and he was to be Anne's most important general.Curtis, p. 34; Green, p. 29; Gregg, p. 28In 1673, the Duke of York's conversion to Catholicism became public, and he married a Catholic princess, Mary of Modena, who was only six and a half years older than Anne. Charles II had no legitimate children, and so the Duke of York was next in the line of succession, followed by his two surviving daughters from his first marriage, Mary and Anne—as long as he had no son. Over the next ten years, the new Duchess of York had ten children, but all were either stillborn or died in infancy, leaving Mary and Anne second and third in the line of succession after their father.Weir, pp. 260–261 There is every indication that, throughout Anne's early life, she and her stepmother got on well together,Somerset, pp. 22–23 and the Duke of York was a conscientious and loving father.Somerset, pp. 8–9


File:Willem Wissing and Jan van der Vaardt - Queen Anne, when Princess of Denmark, 1665 – 1714 - Google Art Project.jpg|thumb|right|Anne, circa 1684, painted by Willem Wissing and Jan van der VaardtJan van der VaardtIn November 1677, Anne's elder sister, Mary, married their Dutch first cousin, William III of Orange, at St James's Palace, but Anne could not attend the wedding because she was confined to her room with smallpox.Curtis, p. 30; Green, p. 27; Gregg, p. 17 By the time she recovered, Mary had already left for her new life in the Netherlands. Lady Frances Villiers contracted the disease, and died. Anne's aunt Lady Henrietta Hyde (the wife of Laurence Hyde) was appointed as her new governess.Green, p. 28; Gregg, p. 17; Somerset, p. 29 A year later, Anne and her stepmother visited Mary in Holland for two weeks.Anne's father and stepmother retired to Brussels in March 1679 in the wake of anti-Catholic hysteria fed by the Popish Plot, and Anne visited them from the end of August.Green, p. 28: Gregg, p. 20 In October, they returned to Britain, the Duke and Duchess to Scotland and Anne to England.Green, p. 29; Gregg, p. 22; Somerset, p. 34 She joined her father and stepmother at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh from July 1681 until May 1682.Green, p. 32; Gregg, p. 26; Somerset, p. 35 It was her last journey outside England.Green, p. 28Anne's second cousin George of Hanover visited London for three months from December 1680, sparking rumours of a potential marriage between them.Curtis, pp. 35–37; Green, p. 31; Gregg, p. 24; Somerset, pp. 34, 36 Historian Edward Gregg dismissed the rumours as ungrounded, as her father was essentially exiled from court, and the Hanoverians planned to marry George to his first cousin Sophia Dorothea of Celle as part of a scheme to unite the Hanoverian inheritance.Gregg, pp. 24–25 Other rumours claimed she was courted by Lord Mulgrave, although he denied it. Nevertheless, as a result of the gossip, he was temporarily dismissed from court.Curtis, p. 37; Green, pp. 32–33; Gregg, p. 27; Somerset, p. 37With George of Hanover out of contention as a potential suitor for Anne, King Charles looked elsewhere for an eligible prince who would be welcomed as a groom by his Protestant subjects but also acceptable to his Catholic ally, Louis XIV of France.Somerset, p. 40 The Danes were Protestant allies of the French, and Louis XIV was keen on an Anglo-Danish alliance to contain the power of the Dutch. A marriage treaty between Anne and Prince George of Denmark, younger brother of King Christian V, and Anne's second cousin once removed, was negotiated by Anne's uncle Laurence Hyde, who had been made Earl of Rochester, and the English Secretary of State for the Northern Department, Robert Spencer, 2nd Earl of Sunderland.Gregg, p. 32 Anne's father consented to the marriage eagerly because it diminished the influence of his other son-in-law, William of Orange, who was naturally unhappy at the match.Gregg, p. 33; Somerset, pp. 41–42Bishop Compton officiated at the wedding of Anne and George of Denmark on 28 July 1683 in the Chapel Royal.Gregg, pp. 33–34; Somerset, p. 43 Although it was an arranged marriage, they were faithful and devoted partners.Curtis, pp. 41–42; Green, pp. 34–35; Gregg, pp. 32–35; Somerset, p. 44 They were given a set of buildings, known as the Cockpit, in the Palace of Whitehall as their London residence,Curtis, p. 42; Green, p. 34; Gregg, p. 35; Somerset, pp. 41, 44 and Sarah Churchill was appointed one of Anne's ladies of the bedchamber.Curtis, p. 43; Green, p. 36; Gregg, p. 34; Somerset, p. 49 Within months of the marriage, Anne was pregnant, but the baby was stillborn in May. Anne recovered at the spa town of Tunbridge Wells,Gregg, p. 36; Somerset, p. 56 and over the next two years, gave birth to two daughters in quick succession: Mary and Anne Sophia.

Accession of James II and VII

When Charles II died in 1685, Anne's father became King James II of England and VII of Scotland. To the consternation of the English people, James began to give Catholics military and administrative offices, in contravention of the Test Acts that were designed to prevent such appointments.Somerset, pp. 61, 64 Anne shared the general concern, and continued to attend Anglican services. As her sister Mary lived in the Netherlands, Anne and her family were the only members of the royal family attending Protestant religious services in England.Waller, p. 300 When her father tried to get Anne to baptise her youngest daughter into the Catholic faith, Anne burst into tears.Green, p. 38 "The Church of Rome is wicked and dangerous", she wrote to her sister, "their ceremonies—most of them—plain downright idolatry."Quoted in Green, p. 39; Gregg, p. 43 and Somerset, p. 21 Anne became estranged from her father and stepmother, as James moved to weaken the Church of England's power.Somerset, pp. 65, 74–77In early 1687, within a matter of days, Anne miscarried, her husband caught smallpox, and their two young daughters died of the same infection. Lady Rachel Russell wrote that George and Anne had "taken [the deaths] very heavily ... Sometimes they wept, sometimes they mourned in words; then sat silent, hand in hand; he sick in bed, and she the carefullest nurse to him that can be imagined."Green, p. 39; Gregg, p. 47; Waller, p. 301 Later that year, she suffered another stillbirth.Weir, p. 268File:James III and Mary of Modena.JPG|thumb|left|Mary of Modena and James Francis EdwardJames Francis EdwardPublic alarm at James's Catholicism increased when his wife, Mary of Modena, became pregnant for the first time since James's accession.Curtis, p. 55; Gregg, p. 52; Somerset, pp. 80–82 In letters to her sister Mary, Anne raised suspicions that the Queen was faking her pregnancy in an attempt to introduce a false heir. She wrote, "they will stick at nothing, be it never so wicked, if it will promote their interest ... there may be foul play intended."Letter dated 14 March 1688, quoted in Gregg, p. 54 and Waller, p. 303 Anne suffered another miscarriage in April 1688, and left London to recuperate in the spa town of Bath.Somerset, pp. 86–87; Waller, pp. 303–304Anne's stepmother gave birth to a son, James Francis Edward Stuart, on 10 June 1688, and a Catholic succession became more likely.Ward, pp. 241–242 Anne was still at Bath, so she did not witness the birth, which fed the belief that the child was spurious. Anne may have left the capital deliberately to avoid being present, or because she was genuinely ill,Waller, p. 304 but it is also possible that James desired the exclusion of all Protestants, including his daughter, from affairs of state.Nenner, p. 243Yorke, pp. 65–68 "I shall never now be satisfied", Anne wrote to her sister Mary, "whether the child be true or false. It may be it is our brother, but God only knows ... one cannot help having a thousand fears and melancholy thoughts, but whatever changes may happen you shall ever find me firm to my religion and faithfully yours."Quoted in Green, p. 43To dispel rumours of a (:wikt:supposititious|supposititious) child, James had 40 witnesses to the birth attend a Privy Council meeting, but Anne claimed she could not attend because she was pregnant herself (which she was not)Somerset, p. 95 and then declined to read the depositions because it was "not necessary".Gregg, pp. 62–63; Waller, p. 305

Glorious Revolution

(File:William&MaryEngraving1703.jpg|thumb|right|Engraving of William and Mary)William of Orange invaded England on 5 November 1688 in an action, known as the Glorious Revolution, which ultimately deposed King James. Forbidden by James to pay Mary a projected visit in the spring of 1687,Green, p. 39; Gregg, p. 47; Somerset, p. 74 Anne corresponded with her and was aware of the plans to invade.Gregg, p. 60 On the advice of the Churchills, she refused to side with James after William landed and instead wrote to William on 18 November declaring her approval of his action.Green, p. 47; Gregg, p. 63 Churchill abandoned the unpopular King James on the 24th. Prince George followed suit that night,Gregg, p. 64 and in the evening of the following day James issued orders to place Sarah Churchill under house arrest at St James's Palace.Gregg, p. 65 Anne and Sarah fled from Whitehall by a back staircase, putting themselves under the care of Bishop Compton. They spent one night in his house, and subsequently arrived at Nottingham on 1 December.Gregg, pp. 65–66 Two weeks later and escorted by a large company, Anne arrived at Oxford, where she met Prince George in triumph.Green, pp. 45–47; Gregg, p. 67 "God help me!", lamented James on discovering the desertion of his daughter on 26 November, "Even my children have forsaken me."Gregg, p. 66 On 19 December, Anne returned to London, where she was at once visited by William. James fled to France on the 23rd.Gregg, p. 68; Somerset, p. 105 Anne showed no concern at the news of her father's flight, and instead merely asked for her usual game of cards. She justified herself by saying that she "was used to play and never loved to do anything that looked like an affected constraint".Lord Clarendon's diary, quoted in Green, p. 49In January 1689, a Convention Parliament assembled in England and declared that James had effectively abdicated when he fled, and that the thrones of England and Ireland were therefore vacant. The Parliament or Estates of Scotland took similar action, and William and Mary were declared monarchs of all three realms.Ward, pp. 250–251, 291–292 The Bill of Rights 1689 and Claim of Right Act 1689 settled the succession. Anne and her descendants were to be in the line of succession after William and Mary, and they were to be followed by any descendants of William by a future marriage.Green, p. 52; Gregg, p. 69 On 24 July 1689, Anne gave birth to a son, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, who, though ill, survived infancy. As King William and Queen Mary had no children, it looked as though Anne's son would eventually inherit the Crown.Curtis, p. 72; Green, pp. 54–55

William and Mary

Soon after their accession, William and Mary rewarded John Churchill by granting him the Earldom of Marlborough and Prince George was made Duke of Cumberland. Anne requested the use of Richmond Palace and a parliamentary allowance. William and Mary refused the first, and unsuccessfully opposed the latter, both of which caused tension between the two sisters.Green, pp. 53–54; Gregg, pp. 76–79 Anne's resentment grew worse when William refused to allow Prince George to serve in the military in an active capacity.Curtis, pp. 75–76; Green, p. 58; Gregg, p. 80 The new king and queen feared that Anne's financial independence would weaken their influence over her and allow her to organise a rival political faction.Gregg, pp. 78–79 From around this time,Gregg, p. 81; Somerset, p. 52 at Anne's request she and Sarah Churchill, Lady Marlborough, began to call each other the pet names Mrs. Morley and Mrs. Freeman, respectively, to facilitate a relationship of greater equality between the two when they were alone.Gregg, p. 81; Somerset, p. 124 In January 1692, suspecting that Marlborough was secretly conspiring with James's followers, the Jacobites, William and Mary dismissed him from all his offices. In a public show of support for the Marlboroughs, Anne took Sarah to a social event at the palace, and refused her sister's request to dismiss Sarah from her household.Curtis, pp. 78–80; Green, pp. 59–60; Gregg, pp. 84–87; Somerset, pp. 130–132 Lady Marlborough was subsequently removed from the royal household by the Lord Chamberlain, and Anne angrily left her royal lodgings and took up residence at Syon House, the home of the Duke of Somerset.Green, p. 62; Gregg, p. 87; Somerset, p. 132 Anne was stripped of her guard of honour; courtiers were forbidden to visit her, and civic authorities were instructed to ignore her.Green, p. 62; Gregg, pp. 88–91, 96 In April, Anne gave birth to a son who died within minutes. Mary visited her, but instead of offering comfort took the opportunity to berate Anne once again for her friendship with Sarah. The sisters never saw each other again.Curtis, p. 81; Green, pp. 62–63; Gregg, p. 90; Somerset, pp. 134–135 Later that year, Anne moved to Berkeley House in Piccadilly, London, where she had a stillborn daughter in March 1693.Somerset, p. 146When Mary died of smallpox in 1694, William continued to reign alone. Anne became his heir apparent, since any children he might have by another wife were assigned to a lower place in the line of succession, and the two reconciled publicly. He restored her previous honours, allowed her to reside in St James's Palace,Curtis, p. 84; Green, pp. 66–67; Gregg, pp. 102–103 and gave her Mary's jewels,Somerset, p. 149 but excluded her from government and refrained from appointing her regent during his absences abroad.Gregg, pp. 105–106; Somerset, pp. 151–152 Three months later, William restored Marlborough to his offices.Gregg, p. 104 With Anne's restoration at court, Berkeley House became a social centre for courtiers who had previously avoided contact with Anne and her husband.Somerset, p. 151According to James, Anne wrote to him in 1696 requesting his permission to succeed William, and thereafter promising to restore the Crown to James's line at a convenient opportunity; he declined to give his consent.Gregg, p. 108; Somerset, pp. 153–154 She was probably trying to ensure her own succession by attempting to prevent a direct claim by James.Gregg, p. 122

Act of Settlement

File:Queen Anne and William, Duke of Gloucester by studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller.jpg|thumb|left|Anne with her son Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, in a painting from the school of Sir Godfrey Kneller, circa 1694]]Anne's final pregnancy ended on 25 January 1700 with a stillbirth. She had been pregnant at least seventeen times over as many years, and had miscarried or given birth to stillborn children at least twelve times. Of her five liveborn children, four died before reaching the age of two.Green, p. 335; Gregg, pp. 100, 120; Weir, pp. 268–269 Anne suffered from bouts of "gout" (pains in her limbs and eventually stomach and head) from at least 1698.Green, pp. 79, 336 Based on her foetal losses and physical symptoms, she may have had disseminated lupus erythematosus,Emson, H. E. (23 May 1992). "For The Want Of An Heir: The Obstetrical History Of Queen Anne", British Medical Journal, vol. 304, no. 6838, pp. 1365–1366 {{Subscription required}} or Hughes syndrome.Somerset, pp. 80, 295 Alternatively, pelvic inflammatory disease could explain why the onset of her symptoms roughly coincided with her penultimate pregnancy.Green, p. 338 Other suggested causes of her failed pregnancies are listeriosis,Saxbe, W. B., Jr. (January 1972). "Listeria monocytogenes and Queen Anne", Pediatrics, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 97–101 diabetes, intrauterine growth retardation, and rhesus incompatibility.Waller, p. 310 Rhesus incompatibility, however, generally worsens with successive pregnancies, and so does not fit with the pattern of Anne's pregnancies, as her only son to survive infancy, Prince William, Duke of Gloucester, was born after a series of stillbirths.Green, pp. 337–338; Somerset, p. 79; Waller, pp. 310–311 Experts also believe syphilis, porphyria and pelvic deformation to be unlikely as the symptoms are incompatible with her medical history.Curtis, pp. 47–49; Green, pp. 337–338Anne's gout rendered her lame for much of her later life.Curtis, p. 84 Around the court, she was carried in a sedan chair, or used a wheelchair.Gregg, p. 330 Around her estates, she used a one-horse chaise, which she drove herself "furiously like Jehu and a mighty hunter like Nimrod".Jonathan Swift quoted in Green, pp. 101–102 and Gregg, p. 343 She gained weight as a result of her sedentary lifestyle; in Sarah's words, "she grew exceeding gross and corpulent. There was something of majesty in her look, but mixed with a gloominess of soul".Green, p. 154 Sir John Clerk, 1st Baronet, described her in 1706 Anne's sole surviving child, the Duke of Gloucester, died at the age of eleven on 30 July 1700. She and her husband were "overwhelmed with grief".Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 674; Somerset, p. 163 Anne ordered her household to observe a day of mourning every year on the anniversary of his death.Green, p. 80 With William childless and Gloucester dead, Anne was the only individual remaining in the line of succession established by the Bill of Rights 1689. To address the succession crisis and preclude a Catholic restoration, the Parliament of England enacted the Act of Settlement 1701, which provided that, failing the issue of Anne and of William III by any future marriage, the Crown of England and Ireland would go to Sophia, Electress of Hanover, and her Protestant descendants. Sophia was the granddaughter of James VI and I through his daughter Elizabeth, who was the sister of Anne's grandfather Charles I. Over fifty Catholics with stronger claims were excluded from the line of succession.Somerset, p. 165 Anne's father died in September 1701. His widow, Anne's stepmother, the former queen, wrote to Anne to inform her that her father forgave her and to remind her of her promise to seek the restoration of his line. Anne, however, had already acquiesced to the new line of succession created by the Act of Settlement.Green, pp. 86–87; Waller, p. 312


File:Queen Anne of Great Britain.jpg|thumb|right|Portrait by Charles JervasCharles JervasAnne became queen upon the death of King William III on 8 March 1702, and was immediately popular.Green, p. 90; Waller, p. 312 In her first speech to the English Parliament, on 11 March, she distanced herself from her late Dutch brother-in-law and said, "As I know my heart to be entirely English, I can very sincerely assure you there is not anything you can expect or desire from me which I shall not be ready to do for the happiness and prosperity of England."Green, p. 91; Waller, p. 313Soon after her accession, Anne appointed her husband Lord High Admiral, giving him nominal control of the Royal Navy.Green, p. 94; Gregg, p. 160 Anne gave control of the army to Lord Marlborough, whom she appointed Captain-General.Green, p. 94; Somerset, p. 174; Waller, p. 315; Ward, p. 460 Marlborough also received numerous honours from the Queen; he was created a Knight of the Garter and was elevated to the rank of duke. The Duchess of Marlborough was appointed Groom of the Stool, Mistress of the Robes, and Keeper of the Privy Purse.Green, p. 95; Waller, p. 314Anne was crowned on St George's Day, 23 April 1702.Curtis, p. 97; Green, pp. 95–96; Gregg, p. 154; Somerset, p. 187 Afflicted with gout, she was carried to Westminster Abbey in an open sedan chair, with a low back to permit her train to flow out behind her.Curtis, p. 97; Green, p. 96 On 4 May, England became embroiled in the War of the Spanish Succession, in which England, Austria, and the Dutch Republic fought against France and Bourbon Spain.Green, p. 97; Gregg, p. 158 Charles II of Spain had died childless in 1700, and the succession was disputed by two claimants: the Habsburg Archduke Charles of Austria and the Bourbon Philip, Duke of Anjou.Curtis, p. 101; Green, pp. 85–86; Gregg, p. 125She took a lively interest in affairs of state, and was a patron of theatre, poetry and music. She subsidised George Frideric Handel with £200 a year.Somerset, pp. 229–230 She sponsored high-quality medals as rewards for political or military achievements. They were produced at the Mint by Isaac Newton and John Croker.JOURNAL, Joseph, Hone, Isaac Newton and the Medals for Queen Anne, Huntington Library Quarterly, 79, 1, 2016, 119–148, She knighted Newton when she visited Cambridge in 1705.Gregg, p. 197

Acts of Union

While Ireland was subordinate to the English Crown and Wales formed part of the kingdom of England, Scotland remained an independent sovereign state with its own parliament and laws. The Act of Settlement 1701, passed by the English Parliament, applied in the kingdoms of England and Ireland but not Scotland, where a strong minority wished to preserve the Stuart dynasty and its right of inheritance to the throne.Gregg, pp. 130–131 Anne had declared it "very necessary" to conclude a union of England and Scotland in her first speech to the English Parliament,Somerset, p. 212 and a joint Anglo-Scots commission met at her former residence, the Cockpit, to discuss terms in October 1702. The negotiations broke up in early February 1703 having failed to reach an agreement.Somerset, p. 214WEB,weblink Negotiations for Union 1702–03, UK Parliament, 9 March 2013, The Estates of Scotland responded to the Act of Settlement by passing the Act of Security, which gave the Estates the power, if the Queen had no further children, to choose the next Scottish monarch from among the Protestant descendants of the royal line of Scotland.Curtis, p. 145; Somerset, p. 257 The individual chosen by the Estates could not be the same person who came to the English throne, unless England granted full freedom of trade to Scottish merchants.Green, p. 133 At first, Anne withheld royal assent to the act, but she granted it the following year when the Estates threatened to withhold supply, endangering Scottish support for England's wars.Somerset, pp. 269–270In its turn, the English Parliament responded with the Alien Act 1705, which threatened to impose economic sanctions and declare Scottish subjects aliens in England, unless Scotland either repealed the Act of Security or moved to unite with England.Green, p. 134; Somerset, pp. 277–278 The Estates chose the latter option; the English Parliament agreed to repeal the Alien Act,Somerset, p. 296 and new commissioners were appointed by Queen Anne in early 1706 to negotiate the terms of a union.Gregg, pp. 202, 214 The articles of union approved by the commissioners were presented to Anne on 23 July 1706Somerset, p. 297 and ratified by the Scottish and English Parliaments on 16 January and 6 March 1707, respectively.Gregg, p. 239; Somerset, pp. 315–316 Under the Acts of Union, England and Scotland were united into a single kingdom called Great Britain, with one parliament, on 1 May 1707.Gregg, p. 240 Anne, a consistent and ardent supporter of union despite opposition on both sides of the border, attended a thanksgiving service in St Paul's Cathedral. The Scot Sir John Clerk, 1st Baronet, who also attended, wrote, "nobody on this occasion appeared more sincerely devout and thankful than the Queen herself".Clerk's memoirs, quoted in Gregg, p. 240 and Somerset, pp. 316–317

Two-party politics

File:Queen Anne by John Closterman.jpg|thumb|left|Portrait from the school of John ClostermanJohn ClostermanAnne's reign was marked by the further development of a two-party system. In general, the Tories were supportive of the Anglican church and favoured the landed interest of the country gentry, while the Whigs were aligned with commercial interests and Protestant Dissenters. As a committed Anglican, Anne was inclined to favour the Tories.Curtis, pp. 102–104; Gregg, pp. 133–134; Somerset, pp. 189–199 Her first ministry was predominantly Tory, and contained such High Tories as Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, and her uncle Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester.Somerset, pp. 201–203; Waller, p. 318 It was headed by Lord Treasurer Lord Godolphin and Anne's favourite the Duke of Marlborough, who were considered moderate Tories, along with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Robert Harley.Gregg, p. 135Anne supported the Occasional Conformity Bill of 1702, which was promoted by the Tories and opposed by the Whigs. The bill aimed to disqualify Protestant Dissenters from public office by closing a loophole in the Test Acts, legislation that restricted public office to Anglican conformists. The existing law permitted nonconformists to take office if they took Anglican communion once a year. Anne's husband was placed in an unfortunate position when Anne forced him to vote for the bill, even though, being a Lutheran, he was an occasional conformist himself. The Whigs successfully blocked the bill for the duration of the parliamentary session.Curtis, p. 107; Green, pp. 108–109; Gregg, pp. 162–163 Anne reinstituted the traditional religious practice of touching for the king's evil that had been eschewed by William as papist superstition.Green, p. 105; Somerset, p. 226; Waller, pp. 316–317 After the Great Storm of 1703, Anne declared a general fast to implore God "to pardon the crying sins of this nation which had drawn down this sad judgement".Green, p. 121 The Occasional Conformity Bill was revived in the wake of the storm,Green, p. 122 but Anne withheld support, fearing its reintroduction was a ruse to cause a political quarrel. Once again it failed.Curtis, p. 116; Green, p. 122; Gregg, p. 177 A third attempt to introduce the bill as an amendment to a money bill in November 1704 was also thwarted.Gregg, pp. 192–194; Somerset, pp. 275–276The Whigs vigorously supported the War of the Spanish Succession and became even more influential after the Duke of Marlborough won a great victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Many of the High Tories, who opposed British involvement in the land war against France, were removed from office.Gregg, p. 196 Godolphin, Marlborough, and Harley, who had replaced Nottingham as Secretary of State for the Northern Department, formed a ruling "triumvirate".Green, p. 129 They were forced to rely more and more on support from the Whigs, and particularly from the Whig Junto—Lords Somers, Halifax, Orford, Wharton and Sunderland—whom Anne disliked.Curtis, pp. 134, 138–139; Green, pp. 117, 155, 172; Gregg, pp. 134, 218–219 Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough, incessantly badgered the Queen to appoint more Whigs and reduce the power of the Tories, whom she considered little better than Jacobites, and the Queen became increasingly discontented with her.Gregg, pp. 174–175, 188–193; Somerset, pp. 245–246, 258, 272–274In 1706, Godolphin and the Marlboroughs forced Anne to accept Lord Sunderland, a Junto Whig and the Marlboroughs' son-in-law, as Harley's colleague as Secretary of State for the Southern Department.Green, p. 155; Gregg, pp. 219–230; Somerset, pp. 301–311 Although this strengthened the ministry's position in Parliament, it weakened the ministry's position with the Queen, as Anne became increasingly irritated with Godolphin and with her former favourite, the Duchess of Marlborough, for supporting Sunderland and other Whig candidates for vacant government and church positions.Green, p. 156; Gregg, pp. 230–231, 241–246; Somerset, pp. 318–321 The Queen turned for private advice to Harley, who was uncomfortable with Marlborough and Godolphin's turn towards the Whigs. She also turned to Abigail Hill, a woman of the bedchamber whose influence grew as Anne's relationship with Sarah deteriorated.Curtis, p. 152; Green, pp. 166–168; Waller, p. 324 Abigail was related to both Harley and the Duchess, but was politically closer to Harley, and acted as an intermediary between him and the Queen.Gregg, p. 236–237; Somerset, p. 324File:Half-crown of Anne.jpg|thumb|right|Half-crown coin of Queen Anne, 1708. The inscription reads in (Anne by the Grace of Godby the Grace of GodThe division within the ministry came to a head on 8 February 1708, when Godolphin and the Marlboroughs insisted that the Queen had to either dismiss Harley or do without their services. When the Queen seemed to hesitate, Marlborough and Godolphin refused to attend a cabinet meeting. Harley attempted to lead business without his former colleagues, and several of those present including the Duke of Somerset refused to participate until they returned.Green, pp. 182–183; Gregg, pp. 258–259; Somerset, pp. 340–341 Her hand forced, the Queen dismissed Harley.Green, p. 183; Gregg, p. 259; Somerset, p. 341The following month, Anne's Catholic half-brother, James Francis Edward Stuart, attempted to land in Scotland with French assistance in an attempt to establish himself as king.Curtis, p. 157; Green, p. 186; Gregg, pp. 261–262; Somerset, p. 343 Anne withheld royal assent from the Scottish Militia Bill 1708 in case the militia raised in Scotland was disloyal and sided with the Jacobites.Curtis, p. 157 She was the last British sovereign to veto a parliamentary bill, although her action was barely commented upon at the time.Curtis, p. 157; Gregg, p. 144 The invasion fleet never landed and was chased away by British ships commanded by Sir George Byng.Curtis, p. 158; Green, p. 186; Gregg, p. 262; Somerset, p. 345 As a result of the Jacobite invasion scare, support for the Tories fell and the Whigs were able to secure a majority in the 1708 British general election.Gregg, p. 263The Duchess of Marlborough was angered when Abigail moved into rooms at Kensington Palace that Sarah considered her own, though she rarely if ever used them.Gregg, pp. 273–274; Somerset, pp. 347–348 In July 1708, she came to court with a bawdy poem written by a Whig propagandist, probably Arthur Maynwaring,Gregg, p. 275; Somerset, p. 361 that implied a lesbian relationship between Anne and Abigail.Gregg, pp. 275–276; Somerset, pp. 360–361; Waller, pp. 324–325 The Duchess wrote to Anne telling her she had damaged her reputation by conceiving "a great passion for such a woman ... strange and unaccountable".Gregg, pp. 275–276; Somerset, p. 362; Waller, pp. 324–325 Sarah thought Abigail had risen above her station, writing "I never thought her education was such as to make her fit company for a great queen. Many people have liked the humour of their chambermaids and have been very kind to them, but 'tis very uncommon to hold a private correspondence with them and put them upon the foot of a friend."Somerset, pp. 353–354 While some modern commentators have concluded Anne was a lesbian,e.g. Kendall, pp. 165–176 most have rejected this analysis.{{efn|Professor Valerie Traub writes, "Although this scandal features prominently in biographies of the Queen, the charges generally are dismissed as the hysterical vindictiveness of a power-hungry Duchess".Traub, p. 157}} In the opinion of Anne's biographers, she considered Abigail nothing more than a trusted servant,Gregg, p. 237; Somerset, p. 363 and was a woman of strong traditional beliefs, who was devoted to her husband.Somerset, pp. 363–364At a thanksgiving service for a victory at the Battle of Oudenarde, Anne did not wear the jewels that Sarah had selected for her. At the door of St Paul's Cathedral, they had an argument that culminated in Sarah offending the Queen by telling her to be quiet.Curtis, pp. 162–163; Green, pp. 195–196; Gregg, p. 276; Somerset, pp. 364–365 Anne was dismayed.Curtis, pp. 163–164; Green, p. 196; Gregg, p. 277; Somerset, p. 365 When Sarah forwarded an unrelated letter from her husband to Anne, with a covering note continuing the argument, Anne wrote back pointedly, "After the commands you gave me on the thanksgiving day of not answering you, I should not have troubled you with these lines, but to return the Duke of Marlborough's letter safe into your hands, and for the same reason do not say anything to that, nor to yours which enclosed it."Curtis, pp. 163–164; Green, p. 196; Gregg, p. 277

Death of her husband

File:Charles Boit, Queen Anne and Prince George crop.jpg|thumb|left|Anne with her husband, Prince George of Denmark, painted by Charles BoitCharles BoitAnne was devastated by her husband's death in October 1708,Curtis, pp. 165–168; Green, p. 198; Gregg, p. 280; Somerset, pp. 372–374 and the event proved a turning point in her relationship with the Duchess of Marlborough. The Duchess arrived at Kensington Palace shortly before George died, and after his death insisted that Anne leave Kensington for St James's Palace against her wishes.Green, p. 199; Somerset, p. 370 Anne resented the Duchess's intrusive actions, which included removing a portrait of George from the Queen's bedchamber and then refusing to return it in the belief that it was natural "to avoid seeing of papers or anything that belonged to one that one loved when they were just dead".Green, p. 202The Whigs used George's death to their own advantage. The leadership of the Admiralty was unpopular among the Whig leaders, who had blamed Prince George and his deputy George Churchill (who was Marlborough's brother) for mismanagement of the navy.Green, pp. 175–176; Gregg, pp. 254, 266 With Whigs now dominant in Parliament, and Anne distraught at the loss of her husband, they forced her to accept the Junto leaders Lords Somers and Wharton into the cabinet. Anne, however, insisted on carrying out the duties of Lord High Admiral herself, without appointing a member of the government to take George's place. Undeterred, the Junto demanded the appointment of the Earl of Orford, another member of the Junto and one of Prince George's leading critics, as First Lord of the Admiralty. Anne appointed the moderate Earl of Pembroke, on 29 November 1708. Pressure mounted on Pembroke, Godolphin and the Queen from the dissatisfied Junto Whigs, and Pembroke resigned after less than a year in office. Another month of arguments followed before the Queen finally consented to put Orford in control of the Admiralty as First Lord in November 1709.Gregg, p. 284Sarah continued to berate Anne for her friendship with Abigail, and in October 1709, Anne wrote to the Duke of Marlborough asking that his wife "leave off teasing & tormenting me & behave herself with the decency she ought both to her friend and Queen".Green, pp. 210–214; Gregg, pp. 292–294; Somerset, pp. 389–390; Waller, p. 325 On Maundy Thursday 6 April 1710, Anne and Sarah saw each other for the last time. According to Sarah, the Queen was taciturn and formal, repeating the same phrases—"Whatever you have to say you may put in writing" and "You said you desired no answer, and I shall give you none"—over and over.Curtis, p. 173; Green, pp. 307–308; Gregg, pp. 221–222

War of the Spanish Succession

File:Allegory of the Victory of the Grand Alliance over the French in the Year 1704.png|thumb|right|Allegory of the victory of the Grand Alliance at Schellenberg in 1704. The bust of Queen Anne at the top is surrounded by Allied leaders.]]As the expensive War of the Spanish Succession grew unpopular, so did the Whig administration.Gregg, p. 298 The impeachment of Henry Sacheverell, a high church Tory Anglican who had preached anti-Whig sermons, led to further public discontent. Anne thought Sacheverell ought to be punished for questioning the Glorious Revolution, but that his punishment should only be a mild one to prevent further public commotion.Green, pp. 217–218; Gregg, pp. 305–306 In London, riots broke out in support of Sacheverell, but the only troops available to quell the disturbances were Anne's guards, and Secretary of State Sunderland was reluctant to use them and leave the Queen less protected. Anne declared God would be her guard and ordered Sunderland to redeploy her troops. In line with Anne's views, Sacheverell was convicted, but his sentence—suspension of preaching for three years—was so light as to render the trial a mockery.Green, p. 220; Gregg, p. 306; Somerset, pp. 403–404The Queen, increasingly disdainful of the Marlboroughs and her ministry, finally took the opportunity to dismiss Sunderland in June 1710.Curtis, p. 176; Gregg, pp. 313–314; Somerset, pp. 414–415 Godolphin followed in August. The Junto Whigs were removed from office, although Marlborough, for the moment, remained as commander of the army. In their place, she appointed a new ministry, headed by Harley, which began to seek peace with France. Unlike the Whigs, Harley and his ministry were ready to compromise by giving Spain to the Bourbon claimant, Philip of Anjou, in return for commercial concessions.Gregg, p. 335 In the parliamentary elections that soon followed his appointment, Harley, aided by government patronage, secured a large Tory majority.Gregg, pp. 322–324 In January 1711, Anne forced Sarah to resign her court offices, and Abigail took over as Keeper of the Privy Purse.Green, pp. 238–241; Gregg, pp. 328–331; Somerset, pp. 435–437 Harley was stabbed by a disgruntled French refugee, the Marquis de Guiscard, in March, and Anne wept at the thought he would die. He recovered slowly.Green, p. 244; Gregg, p. 337; Somerset, pp. 439–440 Godolphin's death from natural causes in September 1712 reduced Anne to tears; she blamed their estrangement on the Marlboroughs.Green, p. 274File:Queen Anne.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Tinted engraving of Anne from an atlas commissioned by Augustus the StrongAugustus the StrongThe elder brother of Archduke Charles, Emperor Joseph I, died in April 1711 and Charles succeeded him in Austria, Hungary and the Holy Roman Empire. To also give him the Spanish throne was no longer in Britain's interests, but the proposed Peace of Utrecht submitted to Parliament for ratification did not go as far as the Whigs wanted to curb Bourbon ambitions.Gregg, pp. 337–343 In the House of Commons, the Tory majority was unassailable, but the same was not true in the House of Lords. The Whigs secured the support of the Earl of Nottingham against the treaty by promising to support his Occasional Conformity bill.Curtis, p. 189; Green, p. 258; Gregg, p. 343; Somerset, pp. 458–460 Seeing a need for decisive action to erase the anti-peace majority in the House of Lords, and seeing no alternative, Anne reluctantly created twelve new peers,Curtis, p. 190; Green, p. 263; Gregg, pp. 349–351; Somerset, pp. 463–465 even though such a mass creation of peers was unprecedented.Green, p. 263; Somerset, p. 465 Abigail's husband, Samuel Masham, was made a baron, although Anne protested to Harley that she "never had any design to make a great lady of [Abigail], and should lose a useful servant".Gregg, pp. 349–351; Somerset, pp. 464–465 On the same day, Marlborough was dismissed as commander of the army.Green, p. 263; Gregg, p. 350 The peace treaty was ratified and Britain's military involvement in the War of the Spanish Succession ended.Gregg, pp. 358, 361By signing the Treaty of Utrecht, King Louis XIV of France recognised the Hanoverian succession in Britain.Gregg, p. 361 Nevertheless, gossip that Anne and her ministers favoured the succession of her half-brother rather than the Hanoverians continued, despite Anne's denials in public and in private.Green, pp. 272–284; Gregg, pp. 363–366 The rumours were fed by her consistent refusals to permit any of the Hanoverians to visit or move to England,Curtis, p. 193 and by the intrigues of Harley and the Tory Secretary of State Lord Bolingbroke, who were in separate and secret discussions with her half-brother about a possible Stuart restoration until early 1714.Gregg, pp. 375–377; Somerset, pp. 505–507


Anne was unable to walk between January and July 1713.Curtis, p. 193; Green, p. 282 At Christmas, she was feverish, and lay unconscious for hours,Curtis, p. 193; Green, pp. 294–295 which led to rumours of her impending death.Green, p. 296; Gregg, p. 374; Somerset, p. 502 She recovered, but was seriously ill again in March.Green, p. 300; Gregg, p. 378 By July, Anne had lost confidence in Harley; his secretary recorded that Anne told the cabinet "that he neglected all business; that he was seldom to be understood; that when he did explain himself, she could not depend upon the truth of what he said; that he never came to her at the time she appointed; that he often came drunk; [and] last, to crown all, he behaved himself towards her with ill manner, indecency and disrespect."Harley's secretary Erasmus Lewis writing to Jonathan Swift, quoted in Gregg, p. 391 and Somerset, p. 524 On 27 July 1714, during Parliament's summer recess, she dismissed Harley as Lord Treasurer.Green, p. 318; Gregg, pp. 390–391 Despite failing health, which her doctors blamed on the emotional strain of matters of state, she attended two late-night cabinet meetings that failed to determine Harley's successor. A third meeting was cancelled when she became too ill to attend.Gregg, pp. 391–392; Somerset, pp. 525–526 She was rendered unable to speak by a stroke on 30 July 1714, the anniversary of Gloucester's death, and on the advice of the Privy Council handed the treasurer's staff of office to Whig grandee Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury.Green, pp. 321–322; Somerset, p. 527; Waller, p. 328 She died around 7:30 a.m. on 1 August 1714.Gregg, pp. 392–394; Somerset, p. 528 John Arbuthnot, one of her doctors, thought her death was a release from a life of ill-health and tragedy; he wrote to Jonathan Swift, "I believe sleep was never more welcome to a weary traveller than death was to her."Quoted in Gregg, p. 394Anne was buried beside her husband and children in the Henry VII Chapel on the South Aisle of Westminster Abbey on 24 August.{{London Gazette|issue=5254|page=1|date=24 August 1714}} The Electress Sophia had died on 28 May,{{efn|8 June in the New Style Gregorian calendar in use in Hanover since 1700.}} two months before Anne, so the Electress's son, George, Elector of Hanover, succeeded pursuant to the Act of Settlement 1701. The possible Catholic claimants, including Anne's half-brother, James Francis Edward Stuart, were ignored. The Elector's accession was relatively stable: a Jacobite rising in 1715 failed.Curtis, p. 201 Marlborough was re-instated,Green, p. 327 and the Tory ministers were replaced by Whigs.Gregg, p. 399


{{See also|List of things named after Queen Anne|Cultural depictions of Anne, Queen of Great Britain}}File:Detail of Anne of Great Britain statue, St Paul's in spring 2013 (1).JPG|thumb|upright|Statue of Anne in front of St Paul's Cathedral, London. A High ToryHigh ToryThe Duchess of Marlborough "unduly disparaged" Anne in her memoirs, and her prejudiced recollections persuaded many early biographers that Anne was "a weak, irresolute woman beset by bedchamber quarrels and deciding high policy on the basis of personalities".Gregg, p. 401 The Duchess wrote of Anne:Historians have since viewed Anne more favourably. In his biography of 1980, Edward Gregg presents the Queen as a woman of invincible stubbornness, who was the central figure of her age. Gregg's argument depicts her reign as: In the opinion of modern historians, traditional assessments of Anne as fat, constantly pregnant, under the influence of favourites, and lacking political astuteness or interest may derive from male chauvinist prejudices against women.Waller, p. 313; see also Somerset, pp. 541–543 for a similar view. Author David Green noted, "Hers was not, as used to be supposed, petticoat government. She had considerable power; yet time and time again she had to capitulate."Green, p. 14 Gregg concluded that Anne was often able to impose her will, even though, as a woman in an age of male dominance and preoccupied by her health, her reign was marked by an increase in the influence of ministers and a decrease in the influence of the Crown.Gregg, p. 404 She attended more cabinet meetings than any of her predecessors or successors,Green, p. 97; Gregg, p. 141 and presided over an age of artistic, literary, scientific, economic and political advancement that was made possible by the stability and prosperity of her reign.Curtis, p. 204 In architecture, Sir John Vanbrugh constructed Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard.Curtis, pp. 124–131 Queen Anne-style architecture and Queen Anne-style furniture were named after her.Gregg, p. 132 Writers such as Daniel Defoe, Alexander Pope, and Jonathan Swift flourished. Henry Wise laid out new gardens at Blenheim, Kensington, Windsor and St James's.Curtis, pp. 131, 136–137 The union of England and Scotland, which Anne had fervently supported,Gregg, p. 405 created Europe's largest free trade area.WEB,weblink Quick Guide: Act of Union, BBC, 15 January 2007, 26 March 2013, The political and diplomatic achievements of Anne's governments, and the absence of constitutional conflict between monarch and parliament during her reign, indicate that she chose ministers and exercised her prerogatives wisely.Waller, pp. 313, 317, 328

Titles, styles, honours and arms


Titles and styles

  • 6 February 1665 – 28 July 1683: Her Highness The Lady Anne{{London Gazette|issue=1065|page=2|date=31 January 1675}} {{London Gazette|issue=1143|page=1|date=30 October 1676}}
  • 28 July 1683 – 8 March 1702: Her Royal Highness The Princess Anne of Denmark{{London Gazette|issue=2361|page=1|date=5 July 1688}} {{London Gazette|issue=2365|page=2|date=19 July 1688}}
  • 8 March 1702 – 1 August 1714: Her Majesty The Queen
The official style of Anne before 1707 was "Anne, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc." After the union, her style was "Anne, by the Grace of God, Queen of Great Britain, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith, etc."BOOK, Wallis, John Eyre Winstanley, 1921, English Regnal Years and Titles: Hand-lists, Easter dates, etc, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, London,weblink 62–63, In line with other monarchs of England between 1340 and 1800, Anne was styled "Queen of France", but did not actually reign in France.Weir, p. 286


As queen regnant, Anne's coat of arms before the union were the Stuart royal arms, in use since 1603: Quarterly; I and IV grandquarterly, Azure three fleurs-de-lis Or (for France) and Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or (for England); II, Or, a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Gules (for Scotland); III, Azure, a harp Or stringed Argent (for Ireland). In 1702, Anne adopted the motto semper eadem ("always the same"), the same motto used by Queen Elizabeth I.Pinches and Pinches, pp. 194–195The Acts of Union declared that: "the Ensigns Armorial of the said United Kingdom be such as Her Majesty shall appoint".WEB,weblink Union with England Act 1707: Section I, The National Archives, 26 March 2013, In 1707, the union was heraldically expressed by the impalement, or placing side-by-side in the same quarter, of the arms of England and Scotland, which had previously been in different quarters. The new arms were: Quarterly; I and IV, Gules three lions passant guardant in pale Or (for England) impaling Or a lion rampant within a double tressure flory-counter-flory Gules (for Scotland); II, Azure, three fleurs-de-lis Or (for France); III, Azure, a harp Or stringed Argent (for Ireland). In Scotland, a separate form of arms was used on seals until the Act of Union.WEB,weblink Union with England Act 1707: Section XXIV, The National Archives, 26 March 2013, {| border="0" align="center" width="80%"!width=33% |(File:Coat of arms of Anne as Princess of Denmark.svg|center|110px)!width=33% |(File:Coat of Arms of England (1702-1707).svg|center|200px)!width=33% |(File:Coat of Arms of Great Britain (1707-1714).svg|center|200px)Coat of arms of Anne as Princess of DenmarkCoat of arms of Anne as Queen of England from 1702 to 1707Coat of arms of Anne as Queen of Great Britain from 1707 to 1714">

Pregnancies {| class"wikitable"

!Child!!Birth!!Death!!Burial!!Notes12 May 1684LondonGreen, p. 335; Gregg, p. 36; Somerset, p. 56; Weir, p. 268style="text-align: center;"Westminster AbbeyChester, p. 209>|2 June 1685Palace of Whitehallstyle="text-align: center;"Windsor Castle>10 February 1687 Westminster Abbey{{London Gazettepage=2Henry Compton (bishop)>the Bishop of London;Ward, pp. 441–474 styled "the Lady Mary". Died of smallpox. Mary, Anne Sophia (Mary's younger sister), and their father all becoming ill at Windsor Castle in early 1687.12 May 1686Windsor Castlestyle="text-align: center;"4 February 1687 Westminster Abbey{{London Gazettepage=2Nathaniel Crew, 3rd Baron Crew>the Bishop of Durham, with Lady Churchill one of the godmothers; styled "the Lady Anne Sophia".21 January 1687Calendar of State Papers Domestic Series: James II (1964). London: HMSO, vol. II, p. 347; Gregg, p. 46; Somerset, p. 71; Weir, p. 26822 October 1687WhitehallGregg, p. 52style="text-align: center;"|Anne gave birth at seven months, but the baby "lay dead a full month within her".16 April 1688Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 55; Somerset, p. 86; Weir, p. 268 Prince William, Duke of Gloucester>24 July 1689Hampton Court Palacestyle="text-align: center;"9 August 1700 Westminster AbbeyChester, pp. 246–24714 October 1690St James's Palacestyle="text-align: center;"|She was two months premature,Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 80 and lived about two hours.Luttrell, vol. II, p. 116; Weir, p. 26817 April 1692Syon Housestyle="text-align: center;"|He lived only for a few minutes,Green, pp. 62, 335; Luttrell, vol. II, p. 424; Weir, p. 268 just long enough to be baptised;Gregg, p. 90 styled "Lord George".23 March 1693Berkeley House (London)Weir, p. 268; see also Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 99; Luttrell, vol. III, p. 62>24 March 1693 Westminster AbbeyChester, p. 23121 January 1694 Modern historians Edward Gregg and Alison Weir do not agree on whether it was a sonGregg, p. 100 or possibly a daughter.Weir, p. 269 Contemporary chronicler Narcissus Luttrell wrote only that Anne "miscarried of a dead child".Luttrell, vol. III, p. 258vol. IV, p. 20>{{nowrap|20 September 1696 Luttrell said Anne "miscarried of a son".Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 114; Gregg, p. 108 Dr Nathaniel Johnson told Theophilus Hastings, 7th Earl of Huntingdon, in a letter dated 24 October 1696, "Her Royal Highness miscarried of two children, the one of seven months' growth, the other of two or three months, as her physicians and midwife judged: one was born the day after the other."Bickley, Francis (ed.) (1930). Historical Manuscripts Commission: The Hastings Manuscripts. London: HMSO, vol. II, p. 286 If so, the smaller foetus was probably a blighted twin or fetus papyraceus.Somerset, p. 15225 March 1697Green, p. 335; Gregg, p. 108; Somerset, p. 153 early December 1697Green, p. 335; Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 316 According to Saunière de L'Hermitage, the Dutch resident in London, Anne miscarried twins who were "too early to determine their sex".Gregg, p. 116 Other sources say the pregnancy ended in a stillborn son, or "two male children, at least as far as could be recognised".Somerset, p. 15615 September 1698Windsor CastleGreen, p. 335; Luttrell, vol. IV, p. 428; Weir, p. 269style="text-align: center;"St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle>|James Vernon wrote to Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury, that Anne's physician thought the foetus "might have been dead 8 or 10 days".24 January 1700St James'sLuttrell, vol. IV, p. 607style="text-align: center;"|Contemporary sources say Anne gave birth at seven and a half months, after the foetus had been dead for a month.Gregg, p. 120


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Family tree

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See also






  • Chester, Joseph Lemuel (editor) (1876). The Marriage, Baptismal, and Burial Registers of the Collegiate Church or Abbey of St. Peter, Westminster. London: Harleian Society.
  • Curtis, Gila; introduced by Antonia Fraser (1972). The Life and Times of Queen Anne. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. {{ISBN|0-297-99571-5}}.
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