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Editor says, what if William III had survived his fatal accident in 1702? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
This article is part of the Politicians thread.
In 1702,on this day King William III of England narrowly avoided a serious injury when his favourite horse Sorrel stumbled into a mole's burrow at Windsor Park.
King Billy survives the Velvet Coated AssassinHad he perished at the hands of this so-called "Velvet Coated Assassin" then his successor under the Bill of Rights would have been his late wife's sister Anne Stuart. But when she died childless a dozen years later, the succession then passed to Electress Sophia and her issue. Determined to prevent the rise of an Anglo-German Royal House of Hanover, William married again in order to have children that would be his legal successors.
His son William IV would be the driving force behind the Act of Anglo-Dutch Union that ensures the territories of Britain and the Netherlands would not drift apart due to a ridiculous accident of fate.
Editor says, in this post we repurpose content from Alternate History, Wikipedia and "William and Mary: Heroes of the Glorious Revolution" by John John Van der Kiste. William died of pneumonia, a complication from a broken collarbone following a fall from his horse, Sorrel. Because his horse had stumbled into a mole's burrow, many Jacobites toasted "the little gentleman in the black velvet waistcoat". Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.