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Princess Anne

(1636-1640), Third daughter of Charles I

Sitter in 7 portraits
Princess Anne was the daughter of Charles I and his queen, Henrietta Maria of France. She was born in St. James's Palace and died of natural causes in Richmond Palace at the age of three. She was buried in Westminster Abbey.



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Tim Noad

9 March 2017, 08:37

The date of Princess Anne's birth is incorrect. She was born on 17 March 1637. The engraving and etching give the date of 1636 in the 'old style' when Lady Day or 25 March was considered the first day of the new year.
-There would almost certainly not have been a year's delay between her birth and her baptism on 30 March 1637. Two weeks would be normal.
-Her older sister Elizabeth was born in December 1635 and baptised January 1636. It is impossible that their mother Henrietta Maria could have given birth again three months later.
-She is reported in your summary above to have died aged 3 (in December 1640), so could not have been born as early as March 1636, or she would have been 4.

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