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Duke Big Wig! Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox, 1703-1710, by Godfrey Kneller. Charles Lennox was an illegitimate son of King Charles II. He converted to Catholicism in 1685, was exiled in 1688. Soon however Lennox returned to England to support William III For the rest of his career he changed his allegiance and religion to suit his circumstances. His final years saw him descend into drunkenness, but his distinguished birth meant he was still buried in 1723 in Westminster…

Charles Lennox, Duke of Richmond and Lennox by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Illegitimate son of Charles II and Louise de Keroualle.

Earl Grey in an etching dated 1789 by James Sayers.  Charles Grey, the British Prime Minister who oversaw the introduction of the 1832 Reform Act (leading eventually to universal suffrage for all adults, genuine constituencies, and secret ballots), is best remembered for the tea which carries his name.

Charles Grey in blue coat, white waistcoat and tied cravat, and powdered hair, by Henry Bone (after Thomas Lawrence), August He had a illegitimate daughter with Georgina Duchess of Devonshire

This painting is a portrait of a gentleman and member of the Belasyse Family, created Baron Fauconberg of Yarm, Yorkshire (1627) and Viscount Fauconberg of Henknowle, County Durham (1642) during the reign of Charles I and the Civil War. ~ ca1725, unknown artist

This painting is a portrait of a gentleman and member of the Belasyse Family, created Baron Fauconberg of Yarm, Yorkshire and Viscount Fauconberg of Henknowle, County Durham during the reign of Charles I and the Civil War.

Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend by Geoffrey Kneller,1700s

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Baronet — Charles Townshend, Viscount Townshend : The National Portrait Gallery, London UK

King Charles I by Gerrit van Honthorst

King Charles I with a Letter in his Hand, Gerrit van Honthorst, 1628 x cm Oil on canvas National Portrait Gallery, London.softer facet ham I am used to seeing for King Charles

Queen Henrietta Maria Flemish 1636 by Anthony Van Dyck 1 by mharrsch, via Flickr

Queens of England, Henrietta Maria, 1609 - 1669 Henrietta Maria was born on the November 1609 and was the daughter of Henry IV of France and Marie de’ Medici. She was raised as a Catholic and was.

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne by Charles Jervas.circa 1720.oil on canvas,140.5×116.2 cm, National Portrait Gallery.В молодости был протеже Роберта Уолпола,при к-ром служил более 20 лет до 1742.Вместе со св.братом Генри находился у власти ок.10 лет.После смерти Генри он занимал пост премьер-министра 6 лет (два различ.периода).

Thomas Pelham-Holles, Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne, British Whig statesman, by Charles Jervas

"John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough" by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Unknown man, formerly known as John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (died

Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn (2 February 1650 – 14 November 1687; also spelled Gwynn, Gwynne) was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland.

Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn February 1650 – 14 November also spelled Gwynn, Gwynne) was a long-time mistress of King Charles II of England and Scotland.

Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland-1754-1787 He was a close friend and initial patron of a young William Pitt. He was a member of the Rockingham Whigs and a strong advocate of Catholic Emancipation. He was a popular Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, a Knight of the Garter and Lord Steward of the Household. He was known for his outgoing nature and unfortunate propensity for drink. He died of liver disease in 1787.

Charles Manners, 4th Duke of Rutland-1754-1787 He was a close friend and initial patron of a young William Pitt. He was a member of the Rockingham Whigs and a strong advocate of Catholic Emancipation. He was a popular Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, a Knight of the Garter and Lord Steward of the Household. He was known for his outgoing nature and unfortunate propensity for drink. He died of liver disease in 1787.

Portrait of James II, when Duke of York, Sir Peter Lely

Portrait of James II, when Duke of York, Sir Peter Lely

JAMES II (1685-88) Three years younger than his brother, James had escaped to Holland during the Civil War in 1648, dressed as a girl. A brave soldier who served with the French and Spanish armies, he was given command of the English navy by King Charles II. His first marriage, to Anne Hyde, produced two daughters, Mary & Anne, who were raised as Protestants though James became openly Catholic. His unpopular second marriage (1673) was to Catholic princess Mary of Modena.

JAMES II Three years younger than his brother, James had escaped to…

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