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The Departure of William of Orange and Princess Mary for Holland
1677
Willem Van de Velde the Younger

The Departure of William of Orange and Princess Mary for Holland 1677 Willem Van de Velde the Younger

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 November 4, 1677 at Whitehall Palace. Some days later 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 November 26
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 as William III and Mary II, when Mary's father, then James II, was deposed. The picture shows the yachts and their escort preparing to get under way. The most prominent vessel is the 'Mary,' a smack-rigged royal yacht, with the Prince standing and recognisable because he is wearing a hat. The yacht is wearing the Prince's standard, a special Anglo-Dutch one designed for the occasion. She appears to be waiting the delivery of a large trunk, shown in the galley about to go alongside her. In the left middle distance is the 'Charlotte', the yacht into which Princess Mary is embarking. Her standard is shown furled at her masthead. Later the Prince also moved onto this yacht.

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