Anne Rhys, 7th Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo

Anne Wellesley, 7th Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo (2 February 1910 – 1998), styled as Lady Anne Wellesley from 1910 to 1933 and titled as the 7th Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo from 1943 to 1949, was a British aristocrat and a socialite.

Anne Wellesley
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Anne Wellesley photographed in 1933
Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo
PredecessorHenry Wellesley
SuccessorGerald Wellesley
Born(1910-02-02)2 February 1910
Died1998(1998-00-00) (aged 87–88)
Noble familyWellesley
Spouse(s)Hon. David Rhys
(m. 1933 – div. 1963)
IssueDon. Llewelyn Arthur Rhys
Doña. Elizabeth Maud Rhys
FatherArthur Wellesley, 5th Duke of Wellington
MotherHon. Lilian Maud Glen-Coats

Life and familyEdit

She was the elder child and only daughter of Arthur Wellesley, 5th Duke of Wellington, 5th Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo, and his wife, the Hon. Lilian Maud Glen Coats (elder daughter of George Coats, 1st Baron Glentanar).[citation needed]

During her late teens, she courted (and was rumoured to be the fiancée of) Edward, Prince of Wales. In the winter of 1928, she was suffering from pneumonia whilst the Prince was touring Africa, and he is said to have received coded radio bulletins in regard to her health.[1][2] Rumours of their engagement were later officially denied by Buckingham Palace.[citation needed]

On 23 March 1933, she married the Hon. David Rhys, younger son of the 7th Baron Dynevor. The couple had two children, Llewelyn Arthur (1935–2005) and Elizabeth Maud (1937–2001), before divorcing in 1963.[citation needed]

Her brother, Henry, had inherited their father's titles in 1941. Upon Henry's death in September 1943, she inherited the Spanish Dukedom of Ciudad Rodrigo and the honour of Grandee of Spain (which had been awarded to her ancestor, the 1st Duke, and was able to pass through the female line), whilst the non-Spanish titles passed to her uncle, Lord Gerald Wellesley. She thus became the 7th Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo, and her husband was styled as Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo. However, she ceded the dukedom to her uncle in 1949, and two estates in Andalucia, in exchange for a monetary settlement.[3]


  1. ^ "David to George V", Time, 10 December 1928
  2. ^ "The Crown", Time, 28 January 1929
  3. ^ Wellington: A Journey Through My Family (p. 52) by Jane Wellesley, 2010 ISBN 978-0-2978-5634-4

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Spanish nobility
Preceded by Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo
Succeeded by