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William III (William II of Scotland and William III of Orange)

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Born: 1650 AD
Died: 1702 AD, at 51 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Duke, Grand Duke, King, Monarch

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1650 - William III of Orange was born at The Hague on 4th November. He was the posthumous son of William II of Orange and of Mary Stuart, the eldest daughter of Charles I and Henrietta Maria of France. His grieving mother had given birth to him in a chamber draped with black mourning.

1689 - 1702 - Reigned as King of England.

1670 - He succeeded as Stadtholder ruler.

1677 - The wedding to his first cousin Mary took place on 4th November, and was a dismal affair, the bride cried throughout while her father looked on anxiously, the Groom was austere and uncomfortable, with only King Charles II smiling and joking in attempt to lighten the dour atmospher.

1688 - He was invited to England by seven leading Whig politicians to oppose James II’s pro-Catholic policies.

1689 - He and his wife (and first cousin) Mary were created Joint Sovereigns by Act of Parliament in February, the first constitutional monarchs.

1698 - As an asthmatic William preferred Hampton Court to the polluted atmosphere of central London, including Whitehall Palace which was destroyed by fire.
   
       - He commissioned Christopher Wren to rebuild the royal apartments at Hampton Court
   
       - Acquired Nottingham House and had it remodelled as Kensington Palace by Wren
   
The wedding took place on 4th November, 1677 and was a dismal affair, the bride cried throughout while her father looked on anxiously, the Groom was austere and uncomfortable, with only King Charles II smiling and joking in attempt to lighten the dour atmosphere.

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