The Irish delegation  (from left) Arthur Griffith, Eamonn Duggan, Erskine Childers, Michael Collins, George Gavan Duffy, Robert Barton and John Chartres. Photograph: Hulton Archive

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Auxiliaries celebrate in April 1921. Photograph: WD Hogan/National Library of Ireland

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Kristin Scott Thomas at the Cannes Film Festival in France last May. 'There are lots of films that I’m proud to have even been attached to,' she says. Photograph: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images

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Mary Soames with her mother and father in 1963

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