Queen Anne Stuart1665 - 1714 (49 years)
Name Anne Stuart Title Queen Born 6 Feb 1665 St James Palace, London Gender Female Died 1 Aug 1714 Kensington Palace, London Person ID I19506 My Relatives Last Modified 22 Jun 2020
Father James Stuart, b. 14 Oct 1633, St James Palace, London , d. 6 Sep 1701, St Germain-en-France (Age 67 years) Relationship natural Mother Anne Hyde Relationship natural Family ID F6978 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family George of Denmark, b. 2 Apr 1653, Copenhagan Castle, Denmark , d. 28 Oct 1708, Kensington Palace, london (Age 55 years) Married Abt 1680 Children 1. William Duke of Gloucester, b. 24 Jul 1689, d. 30 Jul 1700 (Age 11 years) [natural] Last Modified 22 Jun 2020 Family ID F7978 Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Name: Queen Anne
Full Name: Anne Stuart
Born: February 6, 1665 at St. James Palace, London
Parents: James II and Anne Hyde
Relation to Elizabeth II: 2nd cousin 8 times removed
House of: Stuart
Ascended to the throne: March 8, 1702 aged 37 years
Crowned: April 23, 1702 at Westminster Abbey
Married: George, son of Frederick III of Denmark
Children: Eighteen, including miscarriages and still-born, of whom only one William survived to age of 11
Died: August 1, 1714 at Kensington Palace , aged 49 years, 5 months, and 22 days
Buried at: Westminster
Reigned for: 12 years, 4 months, and 24 days
Succeeded by: her 3rd cousin George of Hanover
Anne was the second daughter of James, Duke of York, who became James II, and his first wife, Anne Hyde, daughter of Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. Anne and her elder sister Mary received a Protestant upbringing although their father James converted to Catholicism and remarried. In 1683 Anne married Prince George of Denmark (16531708). She had between 16 and 18 pregnancies but only one child survived - William, Duke of Gloucester who died aged 11 of smallpox in 1700.
Her sister Mary married William of Orange but Anne was forbidden by her father to visit her in the Netherlands. When William landed in England in 1688 to take the throne, Anne on the influence of her close friend Sarah Churchill (16501744) the wife of John Churchill (16501722), supported her sister and brother-in-law against her father James. Churchill was created Duke of Marlborough by William when he was crowned King William III and her sister Queen Mary II. Anne detested her brother-in-law, and the Churchills' influence led her briefly during Williams reign to engage in Jacobite intrigues.
Mary died in 1694 and on Williams death in 1702 Anne succeeded to the throne as Queen Anne. When she was crowned in April 1702 Anne was 37 years old and after her many pregnancies had poor health and no longer her youthful figure. She was shy and stubborn and very different from her outgoing sister Mary. Anne and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, remained close friends Anne addressed Sarah as Mrs Freeman and she called Anne Mrs Morley. Sarahs husband the Duke of Marlborough commanded the English Army in the War of Spanish Succession, and won a series of victories over the French at Blenheim (1704), Ramillies (1706), Oudenarde (1708) and Malplaquet (1709). The influence of the Churchills however began to decline and after a violent quarrel in 1710, Sarah Churchill was dismissed from court. Abigail Masham succeeded the duchess as Anne's favourite, using her influence to further the Tories.
Towards the end of her life, Anne suffered from gout and she could hardly walk. On her death in 1714 her body had swollen so large that she was buried in an almost square coffin. On the question of succession, Anne's family loyalty had convinced her that this should fall to her father's son by his second wife (Mary of Modena), James Edward Stuart, known as the Old Pretender. However, the Act of Settlement in 1701 ensured Protestant succession to the throne, and Anne was succeeded by George I, great-grandson of James I.
- Name: Queen Anne