William of Orange

William of Orange
King of England and Scotland and Ireland; he married the daughter of James II and was invited by opponents of James II to invade England; when James fled, William III and Mary II were declared joint monarchs (1650-1702)
Syn: ↑William III
Instance Hypernyms: ↑King of England, ↑King of Great Britain

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William III [William III] (also William of Orange ; )
(1650–1702) the king of Great Britain and Ireland from 1688 to 1702. He was a Dutch prince, married to Mary, the daughter of ↑James II. They were invited by British ↑Protestants to be the king and queen of Britain in order to prevent the ↑Roman Catholic James II from being king. William became king in the ↑Bloodless Revolution and defeated the forces of James II in Ireland at the ↑Battle of the Boyne. He is remembered by a group of Protestants in Northern Ireland who are opposed to Ireland becoming one republic, and call themselves Orangemen.
See also William and Mary

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