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Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington

Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington OBE DL (born 19 August 1945), styled Earl of Mornington between 1945 and 1972 and Marquess of Douro between 1972 and 2014, is a British aristocrat and politician. He has served as Conservative Party Member of the European Parliament for Surrey (1979–1984) and Surrey West (1984–1989) and has sat as a hereditary peer in the House of Lords since 2015.

The Duke of Wellington

Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
Assumed office
16 September 2015
Hereditary peer
Preceded byArthur, 3rd Baron Luke
Member of the European Parliament
for Surrey West
In office
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byTom Spencer
Member of the European Parliament
for Surrey
In office
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley

(1945-08-19) 19 August 1945 (age 74)
Princess Christian Nursing Home, Windsor, Berkshire, England
ChildrenArthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington
Lady Honor Montagu
Lady Mary Wellesley
Lady Charlotte Wellesley
Lord Frederick Wellesley
ParentsValerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington
Diana McConnel
Alma materEton College
Christ Church, Oxford


Wellington was born in 1945 at Princess Christian Nursing Home, Windsor, Berkshire, the eldest son of Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington, and the former Diana McConnel. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]


Wellington stood as Conservative candidate for Islington North in 1974, finishing in second place. He was a member of Basingstoke Borough Council from 1978–79. He subsequently served as Conservative MEP for Surrey from 1979–84, and as Conservative MEP Surrey West from 1984–89.

In September 2015 he was elected to a seat in the House of Lords as a Conservative in a by-election following the retirement of Lord Luke.[2] On 4 September 2019, he quit the Conservative Party, and now sits as a "non-affiliated" member of the House of Lords[3].


Wellington has worked for a number of non-profit or charitable organisations. He was a patron of British Art at the Tate Gallery (1987–90), a member of the Royal College of Art between (1992–97), Chair of British-Spanish Tertulias (1993–98) and Trustee of the Phoenix Trust from 1996–2001). He was appointed OBE in 1999 for services to British-Spanish business relations. He was appointed a Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire in 1999. In 2003 he was given a four-year appointment as a Commissioner for English Heritage.

On 1 October 2007 he became Chairman of the Governing Council of King's College London, an institution of which his wife Princess Antonia is an alumna, and of which his ancestor Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, was instrumental in the foundation.

Business careerEdit

Wellington was an Independent Member of the Board of Directors of Sanofi S.A. since May 2002. He is also a Member of the Company Nominating, Governance and Strategy Committees.


He married Princess Antonia of Prussia on 3 February 1977 at St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London.

They have five children:

Titles and stylesEdit

Besides being a British peer, he also belongs to the Dutch, Belgian,[7] Spanish and Portuguese nobilities.[8]

Apart from his British titles, the Duke of Wellington also holds the hereditary titles of 9th Prince of Waterloo (Prins van Waterloo) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Duke of Victoria (Duque da Vitória) of the Kingdom of Portugal with its subsidiary titles Marquis of Torres Vedras (Marquês de Torres Vedras) and Count of Vimeiro (Conde de Vimeiro). These were granted to the first Duke as victory titles for his distinguished services as victorious commanding general in the Peninsular War (in Spain and Portugal), and at the Battle of Waterloo (in what is now Belgium).

Wellington is also the 10th Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo (Duque de Ciudad Rodrigo) of the Kingdom of Spain, which on 10 March 2010 was ceded to him by his father. In accordance with Spanish procedure, Wellington (then styled as the Marquess of Douro) made a formal claim to the title with the Spanish Ministry of Justice.[9] King Juan Carlos of Spain, through his minister, granted the succession to the Dukedom of Ciudad Rodrigo to Wellington on May 2010.[10]


  1. ^ ‘WELLINGTON’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  2. ^ Conservative hereditary peers’by-election, September 2015:result
  3. ^ "The Duke of Wellington". UK Parliament. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  4. ^ Maung, Carole Aye (5 September 1997). "Our Auntie Diana". The Mirror. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  5. ^ Wedding Photos of Lady Charlotte Wellesley and Alejandro Santo Domingo
  6. ^ Harpers Bazaar Behind the scenes
  7. ^ Descendants of persons granted Dutch nobility before 1839 (independence of Belgium) are considered to belong to Dutch as well as Belgian nobility.
  8. ^ Portugal is a republic and Portuguese law does not recognise titles of nobility
  9. ^ " - Documento BOE-B-2010-11181". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  10. ^ " - Documento BOE-A-2010-9317". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 November 2018.

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