Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro

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Princess Antonia
Marchioness of Douro
Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo
Spouse Charles Wellesley, Marquess of Douro
Issue Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington
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 59)
London, England

Princess Antonia of Prussia, Marchioness of Douro, 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 eldest son and heir of the current Duke of Wellington.

Biography[edit]

Coat of arms of the German Empire (1871-1918)

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).

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 3 February 1977, she married (Arthur) Charles Wellesley (the son of the 8th Duke and Duchess of Wellington) and took the courtesy title Marchioness of Douro.[2] They have five children:[3]

  • Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington (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 son and one daughter, twins:
    • Lady Mae Madeleine Wellesley (b. January 2010)
    • Arthur Darcy Wellesley, Viscount Wellesley (b. January 2010)
  • 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 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 about 321st in line of succession to the British throne.

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–present: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro, Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  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
Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro
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
Earl of Mornington