Departure of William of Orange and Princess Mary for Holland, 19 November 1677
This picture shows the embarkation of Prince William of Orange and Princess Mary, his new wife, at Erith, Kent, on their journey to the Netherlands on what is often called the 'honeymoon voyage'. William married Mary, daughter of James, Duke of York, on 4 November 1677 at Whitehall Palace. Some days after their marriage the Prince and Princess were accompanied by Charles II and the Duke to Erith, where they boarded separate yachts for their return to Holland. Contrary winds then forced them to disembark at Sheerness and go by coach to Margate. A further embarkation from there on 26 November was equally abortive and they had to come ashore again and did not reach their final destination until December. Eleven years later they were to return to England to become King William III and Queen Mary II, when Mary's father, then James II, was deposed.
Willem van de Velde, the Younger
- Image reference: BHC0322
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
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