Irene and Jolyon are named as co-respondents by Soames in divorce proceedings but the suit only serves to draw them closer together. When the divorce is finalized, Jolyon and Irene marry and she later gives birth to a son, also called Jolyon but who they will refer to as Jon. Soames decides to retire and sells his practice to another firm. He will continue his art collection and bequeath it to the nation on his death. He proposes to Annette Lamotte who accepts. They are soon married but just as Annette goes into premature labor, Soames' father James takes a turn for the worse and is lying on his deathbed. Annette gives birth to a daughter, Fleur. Holly and Val marry in South Africa.