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Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)

Queen Anne (1665-1714) c.1702-4

RCIN 405614

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Like Kneller’s profile of George I (cat. 4) the present image was created for the Royal Mint to produce new coinage and celebratory medals for Queen Anne’s accession to the throne. Only one of Queen Anne’s seventeen pregnancies produced a potential heir, William, Duke of Gloucester (1689 – 1700). His death in July 1700 at the age of eleven caused Parliament to institute the Act of Settlement making Electress Sophia of Hanover heiress presumptive. Purchased by HM The Queen for the Royal Collection in 1953 Cat. 1