electress of Hanover Sophia

(1630—1714) electress of Hanover, consort of Ernst August

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Sophia was a granddaughter of James I by his daughter Elizabeth, who had married the elector palatine. On the death in 1700 of Anne's last surviving child, William, duke of Gloucester, Sophia was the next non‐catholic heir, and was recognized in the Act of Settlement of 1701. She died at Herrenhausen seven weeks before Anne and her son George Lewis succeeded as George I.

Subjects: British History.

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