"'I am Queen Anne!'"

 

Queen Anne and her consort
Public DomainQueen Anne and her consort - Credit: Charles Boit

 Queen Anne (1665-1714) ruled Britain between 1702 and 1714.

Happily married to Prince George of Denmark, she experienced extraordinary misfortune in pregnancy and childbirth: thirteen of her pregnancies ended in miscarriage or stillbirth; four of her children died before the age of two; and the only child who survived beyond infancy (her son William) died aged eleven. Consequently, Queen Anne was the last monarch of the House of Stuart.

There has been considerable speculation about Queen Anne's sexuality, mainly because of her intimate friendships with two women, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham.

 

Sarah Churchill (date unknown)
Public DomainSarah Churchill (date unknown) - Credit: unknown