When was Eng­land last in­vaded by a for­eign power?

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Not 1066, but 1688. We like to por­tray the over­throw of James II in that year as a ‘Glo­ri­ous Revo­lu­tion’, but when the Dutch ruler Wil­liam of Or­ange landed at Tor­bay on 5 Novem­ber to re­place him, it was at the head of a large pro­fes­sional for­eign army. He ini­tially re­ceived lit­tle as­sis­tance from James’s English op­po­nents, and when he marched into Lon­don in De­cem­ber, he did so af­ter or­der­ing all the English troops that re­mained there to leave the cap­i­tal. Dutch guards re­placed English ones and, for 18 months, Lon­don was ef­fec­tively un­der Dutch mil­i­tary oc­cu­pa­tion.

DUTCH COURAGE the Wil­liam’s vic­tory laid UK’s foun­da­tions of the con­sti­tu­tional monarchy

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