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Though she did not survive to become queen herself, two of Anne Hyde's daughters, Mary (b. 1662) and Anne (b. 1665), became queen. The daughter of Edward Hyde, earl of Clarendon, lord chancellor to Charles II, Anne met James, duke of York, while she was maid of honour to Mary, princess royal and princess of Orange. Marriage did not take place until September 1660, when Anne was eight months pregnant with a son, who died an infant. Though Pepys thought the new duchess very plain and she rapidly grew fat, by 1668 he remarked that ‘the duke of York, in all things but in his codpiece, is led by the nose by his wife’.

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