The Departure of William of Orange and Princess Mary for Holland, November 1677 (Custom Print)
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 4 November 1677 at Whitehall Palace. Some days after their marriage 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 26 November 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 to become King William III and Queen Mary II, when Mary's father, then James II, was deposed.Willem van de Velde the Younger used his father's drawings as inspiration for this painting. It puts into colours the Elder's drawn records of William and Mary's honeymoon voyage. Here, the royal yachts lie off the coast of Kent before the couple's embarkation. Prince William of Orange, wearing a hat, is visible on board the royal yacht Mary, the most prominent vessel here. It flies his standard, a special Anglo-Dutch flag designed for this occasion.
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