Reigned 1689–1702. The posthumous son of the Stadholder William II of Holland and Mary, daughter of Charles I, William married his cousin Mary, daughter of James II and Anne Hyde in 1677. In 1688 he accepted an invitation by a group of leading statesmen to land in Britain with an armed force; after the flight of James II he was crowned king, jointly with his wife, in 1689. William's lifelong devotion to the fight against French expansionism benefited from additional resources after he became king. Although he lacked warmth and physical presence he showed considerable political, diplomatic and military ability. One of a number of copies of Lely's portrait painted in England at the time of William's marriage.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London, England, WC2H 0HE
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