Anne Spencer, Countess of Sunderland (1683–1716)

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The Countess of Sunderland, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1710

Anne Spencer, Countess of Sunderland (née Lady Anne Churchill) (27 February 1683 – 15 April 1716), was an English court official and noble. She held the office of Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Anne from 1702 to 1712.


She was the third daughter of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. As her father was created a sovereign prince by the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph I, Anne was also a princess of the Holy Roman Empire and later of the Principality of Mindelheim.

She married 2 January 1700, Charles Spencer, 3rd Earl of Sunderland and had five children:

Her married name became Lady Spencer.
As a result of her marriage, Lady Anne Churchill was styled as Countess of Sunderland on 28 September 1702, but is not to be confused with her mother-in-law Anne Digby, also named Anne Spencer, Countess of Sunderland. The title of Duke of Marlborough passed over from her elder sister Henrietta to her son Charles.

She died at the age of 33, and was buried on 24 April 1716 in Brington, Northamptonshire.

Amongst her descendants are Sir Winston Churchill (from her son Charles), and Diana, Princess of Wales (from her son John).


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