Hampton Court: King William III & Queen Anne II Of Great Britain – Apartments (29.6.2019)

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Hampton Court Palace

In 1688, the British Parliament ousted King James II of Great Britain (King James VII of Scotland) on the grounds that this ‘Constitutional Monarch’ (who possessed no real power) had broken his oath of ‘Defending the Faith’ of Britain by embracing Roman Catholicism and rejecting the Protestant Faith invented by King Henry VIII. The British Parliament scared King James II by suggesting that if he did not leave the UK, he might well end-up executed like Charles I! Parliament then arranged for his exile from the country. This entire affair was given the name of the ‘Glorious Revolution’ by the British Parliament and was presented as ‘saving’ the UK from the dominance of the Pope in Rome. Behind the scenes, the British Parliament offered the crown to the Dutchman Prince William of Orange who was married to Anne – the daughter of the deposed James II. The British State often chooses a King or a Queen, but usually not together. For instance, Queen Elizabeth II is today’s ‘Constitutional Monarch’, but her husband – Prince Philip – is not allowed to be ‘King’. As Prince William’s claim to the throne was in-part directly through Anne – the British Parliament of the time allowed William and Mary to reign as ‘King’ and ‘Queen’. Prince Wiliam landed in Brixham, South Devon on the 5th of November, 1688. He had arrived at the head of 250 transport ships, 60 fishing vessels, and 35,000 loyal men – including 11,000 footguards and 4000 cavalrymen! Support for King James II dissolved as he fled to Europe, and William made his way to London to be crowned. Prince William of Orange was crowned King William III on the 13th of February, 1689. King William III and Queen Anne II chose Hampton Court Palace – the former home of King Henry VIII and Founder of the Church of England) as their main Royal Residence. Today, ‘we’ – as the great unwashed – may wonder its corridors as if we own the place, which of course we do, as we pay for all Royal Regalia through our taxes, etc.   

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Clich Here for Photographs of the King’s Staircase

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Click Here for More Photographs of the Armoury

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