Charles Wellesley, Marquess of Douro
19 August 1945 |
Princess Christian Nursing Home, Windsor, Berkshire, England
|Title||Marquess of Douro
Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo
Grandee of Spain
|Spouse(s)||Princess Antonia of Prussia|
|Children||Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, Honor Wellesley, Mary Wellesley, Charlotte Wellesley, Frederick Wellesley|
|Parents||Arthur Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington
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.
The Marquess 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.
- 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).
- Lady Charlotte Anne Wellesley (born 8 October 1990); attends Oxford University.
- Lord Frederick Charles Wellesley (born 30 September 1992); attended Eton College.
Lord 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.
Lord 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.
- Deputy Chairman of Thames Valley Broadcasting Ltd between 1975 and 1984.
- Director of Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia Ltd between 1977 and 1980.
- Councillor for Basingstoke Borough Council between 1978 and 1979.
- Director of Eucalyptus Pulp Mills Ltd between 1979 and 1988.
- Director of Transatlantic Holdings plc between 1983 and 1996.
- Director of Global Asset Management Worldwide Inc between 1984 and 1999.
- Deputy Chairman of Deltec Panamerica SA between 1985 and 1989.
- Chairman of Deltec Securities (UK) Ltd between 1986 and 1989.
- Director of Continental and Industrial Trust plc between 1987 and 1990.
- Deputy Chairman of Guinness Mahon Holdings Ltd between 1988 and 1991.
- Director of Sun Life Corp Ltd between 1988 and 1996.
- Director of Rothmans International Ltd between 1990 and 1993.
- Chairman of Dunhill Holdings Ltd between 1991 and 1993.
- Deputy Chairman of Vendôme Luxury Group plc between 1993 and 1999.
- Chairman of Framlington Group Ltd between 1994 and 1999.
- Chairman of Sun Life & Provincial Holdings plc in 1996.
- Director of Pernod Ricard, SA
Lord 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
- Earl of Mornington (1945–1972)
- Marquess of Douro (1972–present)
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. 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. 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.
- Maung, Carole Aye (5 September 1997). "Our Auntie Diana". The Mirror. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
- Descendants of persons granted Dutch nobility before 1839 (independence of Belgium) are considered to belong to Dutch as well as Belgian nobility.
- BOE, 30 de marzo de 2010, sección V.
- BOE, 12 de junio de 2010.
|Order of precedence|
Marquess of Stafford
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
||Line of succession
to the Dukedom of Wellington
and the Principality of Waterloo
|Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo