MEET THE ANCESTORS; Photographs: DREW GARDNER. Words: VICTORIA MOORE

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MEET THE ANCESTORS; Photographs: DREW GARDNER. Words: VICTORIA MOORE


CHARLES II

WHEN he was 19 his father, Charles I, was executed after the Parliamentariansbeat the Royalists in the Civil War.

Charles was crowned King of Scotland in 1651, but after defeat in battle fledto the Continent for nine years.

Charles (1630-1685) returned to the throne after Cromwell's death. Known as theMerry Monarch, he had many mistresses, but left no legitimate heir.

LIVING RELATIVE: Lord Charles FitzRoy NINE times great-grandson of Charles IIand long-time mistress Barbara Villiers, Lord Charles FitzRoy, a 50-year-oldfather-of-two, is a Londonbased fine art tour specialist.

He says: 'People have the impression that Charles II was a fun-loving merrymonarch with his mistresses, but in reality he had to be cunning andmanipulative to survive.' Charles has recently written a book, Return Of TheKing; The Restoration Of Charles II, about his famous ancestor and adds: 'Hewas an impressive man and one of the more intelligent of English kings.' In ourphotograph, Charles is wearing a curly poodle wig and his fine moustache hasbeen created by a make-up artist.

He's standing in front of a real drape but the rest of the background, and thesuit of armour, have been digitally added. The sword and the staff are real.

'My royal connection doesn't alter who I am,' he says, 'but it does change somepeople's perceptions of me. Deep down, I find it faintly embarrassing in thisday and age.'

OLIVER CROMWELL AN MP who played a leading role in bringing Charles I to trialand execution, Cromwell (1599-1658) later led the Roundheads in the EnglishCivil Wars of the 1640s and his success on the battlefield and his skill as apolitician led him to power as Lord Protectorthe head of state, and for some a 'king in all but name'.

LIVING RELATIVE: Charlie Bush NINE TIMES great-grandson of Oliver Cromwell, the64-yearold from Taunton, Somerset, was raised on a farm in Kenya and is now atechnical support manager working in Australia in the agricultural machineryindustry. He is married with three grown-up children.

He says: 'In Kenya we didn't learn much about the English Civil War. I find ithard to make the connection with such a famous relative, though I suppose weshare a bullish determinationI've worked my way up through the ranks and admire what Cromwell did.' MrBush's heirlooms, including portraits and swords, are on display in TheCromwell Museum in Huntingdon, Cromwell's birthplace. 'Having a famous ancestorhasn't made a difference, but I am immensely proud of my roots,' he says.

For the pictorial recreation, Mr Bush is wearing a wig and has had make-upapplied so his skin-tone matches that of Cromwell. His shirt, the blackbreast-plate and the chain round his neck are all props, but the medallion hasbeen digitally enhanced.

NAPOLEON

BONAPARTE (1769-1821) was one of the greatest military commanders in history.

Through his conquests and ruthless efficiency, he rose from obscurity to becomeNapoleon I, Emperor of the French, but was finally defeated by Wellington atWaterloo in 1815.

After his surrender, he was imprisoned by the British on St Helena in the SouthAtlantic, where he died six years later.

LIVING RELATIVE: Hugo de Salis MANAGING director and joint founder of afinancial PR company in London, Hugo de Salis, 36, is the great-greatgreat-great- grandson of Napoleon. …

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