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.
- I must tell you that I Abhor the principles of the Church of Rome as much as it is possible for any to do, and I as much value the doćtrine of the Church of England. And certainly there is the greatest reason in the world to do so, for the doćtrine of the Church of of Rome is wicked and dangerous, and directly contrary to the Scriptures, and their ceremonies—most of them—plain, downright idolatry. But 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. Our Church teaches no doctrine but what is just, holy, and good, or what is profitable to salvation; and the Church of England is, without all doubt, the only true Church.
- Letter to her sister, Mary II of England (29 April 1686), quoted in Dalrymple, John (1773). Memoirs Of Great Britain And Ireland: From The Dissolution of the Last Parliament of Charles II. Until the Sea-Battle Off La Hogue. Consisting chiefly of Letters from the French Ambassadors in England to their Court, And From Charles II., James II., King William, and Queen Mary, And the Ministers and Generals of those Princes. Strachan and Caddell. p. 301. and in Somerset, Anne (2013). Queen Anne: The Politics of Passion. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-96289-8. According with Somerset, Anne had absorbed the anti-Catholic sentiments of Bishop Henry Compton.
- [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-raised 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 Queen Anne
- [T]he answer that was returned, ... as I am told, was worthy of Q. Eliz. It was given in the Cabinet without consultation upon it, & in such a manner that there was not a word offered agst it.
- William Bromley to James Grahme (16 July 1710), on Anne's answer to a request from the States General of the Netherlands that she not change any ministers in her government, quoted in Geoffrey Holmes, ‘Robert Harley and the Ministerial Revolution of 1710’, Parliamentary History, Vol. 29, pt. 3 (2010), p. 294
- [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
- She was indeed no picturesque figure. Yet in that part of heroism which consists of endurance, poor dowdy Queen Anne was no less heroic than her ancestress the Prima Donna of Scottish romance. And certainly the last of the Stuart Queens had many more of the qualities required for the wise ruling of a State. For a dozen weary years the invalid daily faced her office work. She did not leave affairs to her favourites or even wholly to her Ministers. In order to do what she thought right in Church and State, she slaved at many details of government. And the ideas that inspired her were those of moderation, good sense and humanity, for which the Stuart line had not always been conspicuous.
- G. M. Trevelyan, England Under Queen Anne: Blenheim (1930), p. 169