7th Dragoons

King William III

William was one of the last English Kings to lead his army on campaign (George II was the last). He, like most of the officers in his army only accompanied the troops during the summer months. From October to May he was in England. He was born in 1650 so was in his mid 40s during the Flanders campaign. This painting shows the King in half armour which was traditional for military portraits at that time, but he probably only wore a cuirass under his coat when in battle. William died in March 1702 after falling from his horse.

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by Stephen Luscombe