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Petworth’s oriental vibe

Portrait of Elizabeth Percy, Duchess of Somerset with her son Algernon, by John Closterman, c. 1692. ©National Trust Images/Matthew Hollow. [The gown to copy to the best of my ability and finances.]

Henry III (1207 - 1272) - Son of King John and Queen Isabella. He married Eleanor of Provence and had five children.

John Beaufort, 1st Earl of Somerset was the first of the four illegitimate children of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, and his mistress Katherine Swynford, later his wife. Despite being the grandchildren of Edward III, and next in the line of succession after their father's legitimate children, the Lancasters, the Beauforts, including John Beaufort, were initially barred from succession to the throne.

Eleanor of Aquitaine between her son-Richard I and 2nd husband Henry II Tomb effigy at Fontevrault, France. Fontevrault Abbey - Fontevrault was the burial place of the Plantagenet dynasty who ruled In England and large parts of France from 1154 to 1485. At one time there were fifteen Plantagenet tombs- only four remain. (Tombs of Henry II, King of England (reigned 1154-89) and His wife Eleanor of Aquitaine)

John Wayne starred in the film 'Big Jake' with his son Ethan playing the role of his grandson. (© Douglas Kirkland/CORBIS)