King William III (of Orange)
Person Born 4/11/1650 Died 8/3/1702
Son of William II, Prince of Orange, and Mary Stuart (daughter of Charles I). Born in The Hague. Married another grandchild of Charles I, Mary II (daughter of James II). William was formally invited by seven senior political men, representing English Protestants, to invade Britain in order to replace the unpopular Catholic King James II. This Glorious Revolution went extremely well: William and his army landed on 5 November 1688 in Devon, James quickly fled to France and William and Mary were crowned joint monarchs on 11 April 1689. They converted the mansion of Nottingham House into Kensington Palace to serve as their home.
William died at Kensington Palace after being thrown by his horse tripping over a mole-hill. His delighted enemies, Jacobite adherents, subsequently toasted "the little gentleman in black velvet".