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Clement  •  Link

"...the eldest daughter of the Duke of York (the future James II) and of his first wife, the Lady Anne Hyde...her maternal grandfather, Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, served for a lengthy period as Charles II's chief advisor. Although her parents bore eight children, only Mary and her younger sister Anne survived into adulthood..."

"At the age of fifteen, Princess Mary became betrothed to the Protestant Stadtholder and Prince of Orange, William III. William was the son of her aunt, Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange, and of Prince William II of Nassau. At first, Charles II opposed the alliance with a Dutch ruler

Pauline  •  Link

from Chambers's Encyclopaedia, 1906
William III entry:
"...On 4th November 1677 William married his cousin, the Princess Mary (born 30th April 1662), elder daughter by Anne Hyde of the Duke of York, afterwards James II.---a political match, which did not at first prove a happy one. Until the birth of her half-brother on 10th June 1688 Mary was heir to the English crown."

William III "was the posthumous son of William II. of Orange (1625-50) by Mary (1631-60), the eldest daughter of Charles I. of England".

So, in 1677 Charles I's daughter's son (age 27) marries Charles I's son's daughter (age 15). They are first cousins.

rebekka  •  Link

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