Charles Wellesley, Marquess of Douro

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Marquess of Douro
Lord Douro as the Chairman of the Council of King's College London at the Royal Festival Hall, London in 2009.
Born (1945-08-19) 19 August 1945 (age 69)
Princess Christian Nursing Home, Windsor, Berkshire, England
Alma mater Eton College
Christ Church, Oxford
Title Marquess of Douro
Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo
Grandee of Spain
Spouse(s) Princess Antonia of Prussia
Children Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington
Lady Honor Montagu
Lady Mary Wellesley
Lady Charlotte Wellesley
Lord Frederick Wellesley
Parents Arthur Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington
Diana McConnel

Arthur Charles Valerian Wellesley, Marquess of Douro, 10th Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo, Grandee of Spain, OBE DL (born 19 August 1945), is the son and heir of Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington, and his wife, Diana McConnel.


Eton College

Lord Douro was born as Earl of Mornington in 1945 at Princess Christian Nursing Home, Windsor, Berkshire, and was educated at Eton College. Later, he attended school at Christ Church, Oxford. He has three younger brothers and one younger sister.


He married Princess Antonia of Prussia (who no longer uses her royal title) on 3 February 1977 at St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London. They have five children:

  • Arthur Gerald Wellesley, Earl of Mornington (born 31 January 1978); married as of 4 June 2005 to the former model Jemma Kidd, a fashion stylist and great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook. They have twins:
    • Lady Mae Madeleine (born 4 January 2010).
    • Arthur Darcy, Viscount Wellesley (born 4 January 2010).
  • Lady Honor Victoria Wellesley (born 25 October 1979); married (as his second wife) the Honourable Orlando Montagu, younger son of the Earl of Sandwich, and had issue:
    • Walter Montagu (born 3 December 2005); first grandchild of the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro.
    • Nancy Jemima Montagu (born January 2007).
  • Lady Mary Luise Wellesley (born 16 December 1986).[1]
  • Lady Charlotte Anne Wellesley (born 8 October 1990); attends Oxford University.
  • Lord Frederick Charles Wellesley (born 30 September 1992); attended Eton College.


Douro stood as Conservative candidate for Islington North in 1974, finishing in second place. He was a member of Basingstoke Borough Council from 1978–1979. He subsequently served as Conservative MEP for Surrey from 1979–1984, and as Conservative MEP Surrey West from 1984-1989.


Douro has worked for a number of non profit or charitable organisations. He was a patron of British Art at the Tate Gallery (1987–1990), 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 received an 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.

As of 1 October 2007 he has been 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 career[edit]

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

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 19 August 1945 – 4 January 1972: Earl of Mornington
  • 4 January 1972–present: Marquess of Douro

Besides being the eldest son of the Duke of Wellington, he also belongs to the Dutch nobility and Belgian nobility as Jonkheer,[2] as well as a member of the Spanish nobility and Portuguese nobility.

On 10 March 2010, the Marquess of Douro claimed the title of Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo together with the accompanying title Grandee of Spain, as his father ceded them to him.[3] King Juan Carlos of Spain, through his minister, granted the succession of the dukedom to the Marquess by Royal Decree of 21 May 2010 as confirmed by the notice in the Official Bulletin of State dated 12 June 2010.[4] As a result, the Marquess of Douro is now the 10th Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo and also remains the heir apparent to the Duke of Wellington title as well as to the Dutch title Prince of Waterloo.


  1. ^ Maung, Carole Aye (5 September 1997). "Our Auntie Diana". The Mirror. Retrieved 15 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Descendants of persons granted Dutch nobility before 1839 (independence of Belgium) are considered to belong to Dutch as well as Belgian nobility.
  3. ^ BOE, 30 de marzo de 2010, sección V.
  4. ^ BOE, 12 de junio de 2010.

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Order of precedence
Preceded by
Earl Percy
Gentlemen Succeeded by
Marquess of Stafford
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Line of succession
to the Dukedom of Wellington

and the Principality of Waterloo
Succeeded by
Lord Mornington
Spanish nobility
Preceded by
Arthur Wellesley
Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo