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Queen Mary, II

Queen Mary, II

Birth
St James, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 28 Dec 1694 (aged 32)
Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Burial Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot Her husband, William III, is buried to her left
Memorial ID 1978 · View Source
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British Monarch. The eldest daughter of King James II and his first wife Anne Hyde, Mary was married to William, Prince of Orange, on November 4, 1677 at the age of 16. The marriage did not begin happily, and Mary was homesick living in Holland. When her catholic father was sent into exile in 1688, the protestant William agreed, at first reluctantly, to take the throne of Britain. Some sources say Parliament offered the throne to Mary to rule in her own right with William as her prince consort, but she, subservient to her husband, refused to be placed above him. The couple was crowned on April 11, 1689 at Westminster Abbey. Theirs was a joint reign, but Mary governed only when William was out of the country. She did however prove to be competant, strong, and effective. The reign of William and Mary marked the end of royal perogative, with Parliament taking a prominent role in the governing of the nation and keeping the monarch in check. Mary died of smallpox at Kensington Palace at the age of 33, leaving William as sole ruler. William's Dutch advisors and policy of intervention in Europe was resented by the English. He died in 1702, and as the couple had no surviving children, the throne passed to Mary's younger sister, Anne.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1978
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Queen Mary, II (30 Apr 1662–28 Dec 1694), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1978, citing Westminster Abbey, Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .