Anne of Great Britain
Anne of Great Britain (6 February 1665 – 1 August 1714) became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland on 8 March 1702. On 1 May 1707, under the Acts of Union, two of her realms, the kingdoms of England and Scotland, united as a single sovereign state known as Great Britain. She continued to reign as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland until her death.
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- God be thanked we were not bred up in that communion but are of a Church that is pious and sincere, and conformable in all its principles to the Scriptures. ... [T]he Church of England is, without all doubt, the only true Church.
- Letter to her sister, Princess Mary (29 April 1686), from B. C. Brown (ed.), The Letters and Diplomatic Instructions of Queen Anne (1935), p. 16
- [C]an you beleeve we will ever truckle to that Monster who from ye first moment of his coming has used us ... but Suppose I did submitt & that the King could change his nature so much as to use me with humanety, how would all reasonable people despise me, how would that Dutch abortive laugh at me & please himself with haveing got ye better. ... No my deare Mrs. Freeman never beleve your faithfull Mrs. Morely will ever submitt, she can waite with patience for a SunShine day & if She does not live to see it yet She hopes England will flourish againe.
- I know my own heart to be entirely English.
- Anne's first speech to Parliament, contrasting her Englishness with her Dutch predecessor, William III, and the French-born Pretender (11 March 1702), from Cobbett's parliamentary history of England. Volume VI (1810), p. 1661.
- I shall be very careful to preserve and maintain the Act of Toleration, and to set the minds of all my people at quiet; my own principles must always keep me entirely firm to the interests and religion of the Church of England, and will incline me to countenance those who have the truest zeal to support it.
- Speech from the Throne (25 May 1702), from Cobbett's parliamentary history of England. Volume VI (1810), p. 1671.
- Whoever of ye Whigs thinks I am to be Hecktor'd or frighted into a Complyance tho I am a woman, are mightely mistaken in me. I thank God I have a Soul above that, & am too much conserned for my reputation to do any thing to forfeit it.
- Letter to Lord Godolphin (12 September 1707), from Edward Gregg, Queen Anne (2001), p. 250.
Quotes about Anne
- [T]o say truth, we are a declining People: destined, I fear, to absolute destruction. We have had our Day. It ended with Queen Ann. Since her time all has been Confusion and Discontent at Home; Folly and False Politics abroad.
- Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
Dost sometimes counsel take - and sometimes tea.
- Alexander Pope, "The Rape of the Lock," Canto III, line 7