1 May 1707 - the Union comes into effect
The Duke of Queensberry goes south
The Duke of Queensberry was not particularly liked by Queen Anne or her English ministers, but he had been successful in pushing the Union measures through the Scottish Parliament.
- Kensington Palace
One of the royal residences. In the early 18th century Kensington was a village just outside London. The building was purchased by William III in 1689 and was subsequently remodelled by Sir Christopher Wren.
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Family tree of the English and Scottish royal dynasties.
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In Edinburgh he had been on the receiving end of eggs and stones, but in England he was feasted and feted wherever he went. As he and his small entourage approached the outskirts of London in April 1707, where he was to take part in the celebrations laid on by the court, he was greeted by cavalcades of noblemen and gentry in their coaches and on horseback. From Barnet the route became thickly lined with cheering crowds, and by the time Queensberry's coach entered the City itself it had become engulfed in a magnificent parade.
On the morning of 17 April the Duke went to Kensington Palace where he was gratefully received by the Queen.