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PRINCES, MARSHALS AND MUSKETEERS

WILLIAM III, PRINCE OF ORANGE

THE FUTURE BRITISH KING AND LOUIS XIV’S ‘MORTAL ENEMY’ 1650-1702 DUTCH REPUBLIC

Although he is most famous for leading the ‘Glorious Revolution’ and jointly ruling England, Scotland and Ireland with Mary II, William III’s military career long preceded his exploits in Britain. The only child of William II, Prince of Orange and a grandson of Charles I of England, William was born in The Hague and grew up as a staunch Protestant.

From 1672 William was not just prince of Orange but also the Stadtholder (Steward) of several Dutch provinces. This effectively made him the de facto head of state of the Dutch Republic and he was also the Captain-General of the Dutch States Army. He

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