The Favourite

The Academy Award-nominated movie, The Favourite, depicts Queen Anne's suffering from gout. This painful condition afflicts millions of Americans — more men than women — yet, many people know little about it.

Throughout her life, Anne was plagued with illness – smallpox, eye conditions, gout, and possibly a rare kind of immune disorder. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis, in which the body swells due to an excess of uric acid. Sometimes known as ‘the disease of kings, it is caused by eating too many rich and fatty foods. The disease eventually spread to all of Anne’s limbs, leaving her wheelchair-bound. Her courtier, Sir John Clerk, Bt described Anne’s unfortunate state in 1706