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The way we were: Royal babies

Extracts from memoirs and diaries

By Ian Irvine   June 2015

A one-month-old Prince Charles in December 1948. © Everett Collection/Rex

The announcement of the unexpected pregnancy of Queen Mary, wife of King James II, caused a political crisis in 1687. James had been crowned despite his conversion to Roman Catholicism, with the expectation that his elder daughter Mary, brought up as a Protestant and married to William of Orange, would succeed him. Now there was a possibility of a Catholic male heir. Lord Clarendon writes in his diary:

“It…

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