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Anne, Queen, Second daughter of James II. of England: born at Twickenham, near London, Feb. 6, 1664. Her parents became Roman Catholics: but she, edueated in the principles of the Church of England, remained a Protestant. In 1683 she was married to Prince George of Denmark. She took the side of here sister Mary and her husband in the revolution that drove her father from the throne. She had intended to accompany her father in his exile to France, but was dissuaded by Sarah Churchill, chief lady of the bed-chamber (afterwards the imperious Duchess of Marlborough), for whom she always had a romantic attachment. By the act of settlement at the accession of William and Mary, the crown was guaranteed to her in default of issue to these sovereigns. This exigency happening. Anne was proclaimed queen (March 8. 1702) on the death of William. Of her seventeen children, only one lived beyond infancy--Duke of Gloucester — who died at the age of eleven years. Feeble in character, but