Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Douro

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Marquess of Douro
Born (1978-01-31) 31 January 1978 (age 37)
Paddington, London
Alma mater Eton College
Christ Church, Oxford
Spouse(s) Jemma, Marchioness of Douro
Children Lady Mae Madeleine Wellesley
Arthur Darcy Wellesley, Earl of Mornington
Lord Alfred Wellesley
Parent(s) Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington
Princess Antonia of Prussia

Arthur Gerald Wellesley, Marquess of Douro (born 31 January 1978 in Paddington, London) is the son of Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington. The Wellesleys are an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family. Through his mother, Princess Antonia of Prussia, he is great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II. As a descendant of Queen Victoria, he is eligible to succeed to the British throne.

He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He married make up artist and fashion model Jemma Kidd, great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook, on 4 June 2005 at St James' Church in Barbados. Upon her marriage, Jemma acquired the title of Countess of Mornington; since 2014, she has the title Marchioness of Douro. [1]

Lord Douro and his wife announced they were expecting twins, due in January 2010.[2] Lady Douro gave birth to a girl and a boy, Lady Mae Madeleine and Arthur Darcy, Earl of Mornington.[3] The twins were born on 4 January 2010,[4] at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.[5] A third child, Lord Alfred Wellesley was born on 10 December 2014.

Lord Douro is the heir apparent to the Dukedom of Wellington and to the titles Prince of Waterloo, and Dukedom of Ciudad Rodrigo. The first two titles can only be inherited in the male line, while the last can also devolve upon the holder's daughters.

Lord Douro is a partner in merchant bank, Charterhouse Capital Partners: coincidentally, one of his professional rivals is a descendent of the first Marquess' adversary, Napoleon Bonaparte. [6]

Titles and styles[edit]



Preceded by
Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington
Preceded by
First in line
Line of succession to the Dukedom of Wellington
and to the Princedom of Waterloo

1st position
Court offices
Preceded by
John Carew-Pole
Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Succeeded by
Thomas Lumley