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Saturday, August 8, 2015

13~Duchess Anne Luttrell-Horton-Frederick [#3037]

AnneLuttrell Duches of CThe eldest child of Earl Simon Luttrell was a daughter, Anne Luttrell [#3037] [and the widow of Christopher Horton] who would remarry to the brother of King George III, Prince Henry Frederick the Duke of Cumberland. King George III considered Prince Henry's (and another brother's) choice of wife unsuitable, which led to the passing of the Royal Marriages Act in 1772, one year after the marriage of Anne to Prince Henry Frederick. That act would require that descendants of King George II could not marry before the age of 25 without the permission of the king.

Upon the passage of the aforementioned Act the marriage of Anne and Prince Henry Frederick was further condemned by Junius' proclamation:

"... let parliament see to it that a Luttrell never wears the crown of England "

In spite of King George III's condemnation of Prince Henry's marriage to Anna Luttrell, she was evidently held in favor by the king's successor and son, the Prince of Wales (the future King George IV) and by the king's granddaughter, Victoria (the future Queen Victoria I).

After Anne was prohibited from attending the Court circle, the Prince of Wales attended Anne's parties more than those of his mother, Queen Charlotte.

Queen Victoria twice visited Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin, Ireland and is quoted as saying:

"I'll always love to come here when I visit Ireland for Anne was born here, she was my favorite aunt "

There were no children from this marriage. Though from a noble family – she was a daughter of Simon Luttrell, 1st Earl of Carhampton, and the widow of Christopher Horton of Catton Hall – Anne seems to have been rather loose with her favors, given one wag's comment that she was

"the Duke of Grafton's Mrs Houghton, the Duke of Dorset's Mrs Houghton, everyone's Mrs Houghton."

imageThe marriage between Anne Horton and the Duke of Cumberland was described as a

“…conquest at Brighthelmstone” (now Brighton) by Mrs. Horton, who had for many months been dallying with his passion, till she had fixed him to more serious views than he had intended."   Horace Walpole

Anne was however generally thought one of the great beauties of the age and Thomas Gainsborough painted her several times. Gainsborough also painted the famous “Blue Boy”

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