Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington

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Princess Antonia
Duchess of Wellington
Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo
Spouse Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington
Issue Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Douro
Lady Honor Montagu
Lady Mary Wellesley
Lady Charlotte Wellesley
Lord Frederick Wellesley
Full name
Antonia Elizabeth Brigid Louise Mansfeld
House House of Hohenzollern (by birth)
Father Prince Frederick of Prussia
Mother Lady Brigid Guinness
Born (1955-04-28) 28 April 1955 (age 60)
London, England

Princess Antonia of Prussia, Duchess of Wellington, Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo,[1][2][3] OBE (born 28 April 1955), is a great-granddaughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and the wife of the current Duke of Wellington.


Coat of arms of the German Empire (1871-1918)
  • HRH Princess Cornelie-Cecile

Antonia Elizabeth Brigid Louise Mansfeld was born in London on 28 April 1955, the daughter of Prince Frederick of Prussia and Lady Brigid Katherine Rachel Guinness, daughter of Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh. She is the twin sister of Prince Rupert Alexander Frederick. She was educated at Cobham Hall School and King's College London (BA, English).[4] She was awarded the OBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to social housing as President of the Guiness Trust.[5]

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 3 February 1977, she married (Arthur) Charles Wellesley and took the courtesy title Marchioness of Douro.[2] They have five children:[3]

  • Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Douro (b. 31 January 1978), who married Jemma Madeleine Kidd (b. 1974) on 4 June 2005 at St James's Church, Barbados; she is the elder daughter of John Edward Aitken Kidd (a grandson of the 1st Baron Beaverbrook) by his former wife Wendy Madeline Hodge (b. 1941), a daughter of Sir John Hodge, 2nd Bt, MBE. Arthur and Jemma have issue, one daughter and two sons:
    • Lady Mae Madeleine Wellesley (b. 4 January 2010)
    • Arthur Darcy Wellesley, Earl of Mornington (b. 4 January 2010)
    • Lord Alfred Wellesley (b. 10 December 2014)
  • Lady Honor Victoria Wellesley (b. 25 October 1979), who married Hon. Orlando William Montagu (b. 1971) at Stratfield Saye on 3 July 2004. He is the younger son of the 11th Earl and the Countess of Sandwich. Honor and Orlando have issue, one son and one daughter:
    • Walter Frederick Montagu (b. 2005)
    • Nancy Jemima Montagu (b. 2007)
  • Lady Mary Luise Wellesley (b. 16 December 1986)
  • Lady Charlotte Anne Wellesley (b. 8 October 1990)
  • Lord Frederick Charles Wellesley (b. 30 September 1992)

Princess Antonia is in the line of succession to the British throne through her descent from Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 28 April 1955 – 3 February 1977: Her Royal Highness[1] Princess Antonia of Prussia
  • 3 February 1977 – 2010: Her Royal Highness[2] Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro
  • 2010–31 December 2014: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro, Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo
  • 31 December 2014 - present: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington, Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo



  1. ^ a b Montgomery-Massinberd, Hugh (1972). Burke's Guide to the Royal Family. London, UK: Burke's Peerage, Ltd. p. 301. ISBN 0-220-66222-3. 
  2. ^ a b c Eilers, Marlene. Queen Victoria's Descendants. Rosvall Royal Books, Falkoping, Sweden, 1997. pp. 18, 124; ISBN 91-630-5964-9
  3. ^ a b de Badts de Cugnac, Chantal. Coutant de Saisseval, Guy. Le Petit Gotha. Nouvelle Imprimerie Laballery, Paris 2002, pp. 77, 103-105. (French); ISBN 2-9507974-3-1
  4. ^ ‘DOURO, Marchioness of’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014
  5. ^
Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington
Born: 28 April 1955
British royalty
Preceded by
Francis Achache
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Princess Victoria, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Marquess of Douro