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The Glorious Revolution the events (1688–9) that led to the replacement, in 1689, of James II by his daughter Mary II and her husband William of Orange (who became William III) as joint monarchs. The bloodless ‘revolution’ greatly enhanced the constitutional powers of Parliament, with William and Mary's acceptance of the conditions laid down in the Bill of Rights.The term is first recorded in a sermon preached on 5 November 1716, which coupled the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot with the Glorious Revolution as examples of divine intervention.

the Glorious Twelfth 12 August, on which the grouse-shooting season opens; the term is recorded from the late 19th century.

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