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Embarkation of the Elector Palatine in the 'Prince Royal' at Dover, 25 April 1613

Photo credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

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This is one of a series of paintings produced to record the marriage of Frederick, Elector Palatine, to Princess Elizabeth, daughter of James I and Anne of Denmark, in 1613. After elaborate celebrations, the couple and their retinue processed to the coast at Margate where they boarded the 'Prince Royal' and set sail for the Continent. The Prince, later King of Bohemia, was seen as a champion of Protestantism in Germany but after only one year as king he lost Bohemia and the Palatine at the start of the Thirty Years War, 1618–1648. The political aim of the marriage, which was to gain support from James I for the South German Protestant Alliance, therefore failed and Frederick and Elizabeth went into exile as the ill-fated 'Winter King and Queen'. In 1661, nine months before her death, Elizabeth returned to England and it was her grandson, the Elector of Hanover, who in 1714 succeeded to the English throne as George I, on the failure of the direct Stuart line.

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H 77.4 x W 137.1 cm

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