Anne Queen of Great Britain

Film Review: The Favourite

This month sees the UK release of the long-awaited film The Favourite, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos which I have just been to see in order to report my opinions back to History of Royal Women readers! The film focuses on the court of Queen Anne, who reigned from 1702-1714 and is a rather overlooked monarch, [read more]

Anne Queen of Great Britain

Queen Anne – Succession and Death (Part six)

Read part one here. Read part two here. Read part three here. Read part four here. Read part five here. Anne succeeded her cousin and brother-in-law William on 8 March 1702. By then, she was overweight and a semi-invalid; her body ravished by the many pregnancies she endured. Yet, Anne was ready to face the challenges [read more]

Anne Queen of Great Britain

Queen Anne – Sarah and Abigail (Part five)

Read part one here. Read part two here. Read part three here. Read part four here. Read part six here. Despite the fact that Anne was, by all accounts, a happily married woman, she certainly had strong female friendships. This began at the age of 12 when Anne had a schoolgirl crush on Frances Apsley. [read more]

Anne Queen of Great Britain

Queen Anne – Health (Part three)

Read part one here. Read part two here. Read part four here. Read part five here. Read part six here. When the future Queen Anne was born in February 1665, she was noted not to be a strong child. She suffered from a “defluxion in her eyes”, and she was sent abroad to France for [read more]

Anne Queen of Great Britain

Queen Anne – Marriage and Children (Part two)

Read part one here. Read part three here. Read part four here. Read part five here. Read part six here. Anne and George moved into a suite at Whitehall Palace, and it appeared that they were remarkably compatible. At George’s funeral 25 years later, it was said, “Never did a happier pair come together.” George [read more]