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Re: Queen Anne of England
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When her sister Mary II of England died was Anne's reign guaranteed? The English parliament had stipulated that if William III/Mary Ii were childless, Anne, Mary's sister, would follow on the throne. After the death of Mary II, could her husband William III of Orange remarried, fathered children and placed the House of Orange on the throne of England?
We'll never know, but that would have been up to Parliament. The King's popularity declined after Mary's death in 1694, so who can say for sure what they might have done. It was only after the death of Anne's only living child (1700) that Parliament finally landed on a long-term succession plan. The Act of Settlement (1701) .was passed only months before William's death.
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