Anne Stuart, Queen of Great Britain

Female 1665 - 1714  (49 years)


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  • Name Anne Stuart 
    Suffix Queen of Great Britain 
    Born 6 Feb 1665  St James's Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 1 Aug 1714  Kensington Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 24 Aug 1714  Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I45582  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2018 

    Father James II, King of England, Scotland and Ireland,   b. 14 Oct 1633, St James's Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1701, Yvelines, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Anne Hyde 
    Married 3 Sep 1660  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F16636  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George of Denmark, Prince of Denmark 
    Married Y  [2
    Children 
     1. William of Denmark, Duke of Gloucester,   b. 24 Jul 1689, Hampton Court Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1700, Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 11 years)
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F16637  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 Feb 1665 - St James's Palace, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Aug 1714 - Kensington Palace, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 24 Aug 1714 - Westminster Abbey, 20 Deans Yd, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • ‘The king and his husband’: The gay history of British royals

      One queen who has attracted speculation about her sexuality is Queen Anne, who ruled from 1702-1714. Her numerous pregnancies, most of which ended in miscarriage or a stillborn child, indicate a healthy relationship with her husband, George of Denmark.

      Emma Stone stars in director Yorgos Lanthimos's new film, "The Favourite." (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

      And yet, “she had these very intense, close friendships with women in her household,” Harris said.

      Most notable is her relationship to Sarah Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, who held enormous influence in Anne’s court as mistress of the robes and keeper of the privy purse. She was an influential figure in Whig party politics, famous for providing Anne with blunt advice and possessing as skillful a command of politics as her powerful male contemporaries.


      Whether Churchill and Queen Anne’s intense friendship became something more is something we may never know. “Lesbianism, by its unverifiable nature, is an awful subject for historical research and, inversely, the best subject for political slander,” writes Ophelia Field in her book “Sarah Churchill: Duchess of Marlborough: The Queen’s Favourite.”

      But Field also notes that when examining the letters between the women, it’s important to understand that their friendship was “something encompassing what we would nowadays class as romantic or erotic feeling.”

      Field writes in “The Queen’s Favourite”:

      “Without Sarah beside her when she moved with the seasonal migrations of the Court, Anne complained of loneliness and boredom: ‘I must tell you I am not as you left me .?.?. I long to be with you again and tis impossible for you ever to believe how much I love you except you saw my heart.’ [ .?.?.] Most commentators have suggested that the hyperbole in Anne’s letters to her friend was merely stylistic. In fact, the overwhelming impression is not of overstatement but that Anne was repressing what she really wanted to say.”

      Their relationship deteriorated in part because of Anne’s growing closeness to another woman, Churchill’s cousin, Abigail Masham. Churchill grew so infuriated that she began insinuating Anne’s relationship with Masham was sinister.


      The drama surrounding the three women will play out in the upcoming film, “The Favourite,” starring Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Olivia Colman.

      end of this report [4]

  • Sources 
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    2. [S9253] "Anne, Queen of Great Britain" biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne,_Queen_of_Great_Britain, retrieved March 18.

    3. [S9257] "James II of England", biography, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_II_of_England, retrieved March 18, 2016 by David A.

    4. [S13087] ‘The king and his husband’: The gay history of British royals, By Kayla Epstein, Editor, August 18 at 7:00 AM, https://w.