of the House of Orange-Nassau
by birth. From 1672 he governed as Stadtholder William III of Orange over Holland, Zeeland
, and Overijssel
of the Dutch Republic
. From 1689 he reigned as William III over England and Ireland
. By coincidence, his regnal number (III) was the same for both Orange and England.
1677 The future Mary II of England marries William, Prince of Orange. They would later jointly reign as William and Mary.
1687 The city council of Amsterdam votes to support William of Orange's invasion of England, which became the Glorious Revolution.
1688 Glorious Revolution begins: William of Orange lands at Brixham.
1688 The Glorious Revolution: William of Orange captures Exeter.
1689 William and Mary are proclaimed co-rulers of England.
1689 William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain.
1689 King William's War: William III of England joins the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.
1690 Battle of the Boyne (Gregorian calendar) – The armies of William III defeat those of the former James II.
1691 Battle of Aughrim (Julian calendar) – The decisive victory of William III of England's forces in Ireland.
1692 Massacre of Glencoe: About 78 Macdonalds at Glen Coe, Scotland are killed early in the morning for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange.
Can this last long?