Arthur Wellesley, Marquess of Douro

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Marquess of Douro
Born (1978-01-31) 31 January 1978 (age 39)
St Mary's Hospital, London, United Kingdom
Alma mater Eton
Christ Church, Oxford
Spouse(s) Jemma Kidd (m. 2005)
Children 3
Parent(s) Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington
Princess Antonia of Prussia

Arthur Gerald Wellesley, Marquess of Douro (born 31 January 1978 at St Mary's Hospital 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.

Born Earl of Mornington, he was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford. He 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.[1]

In 2005 he married makeup artist and fashion model Jemma Kidd, great-granddaughter of Lord Beaverbrook. Since 2014, following the succession of his father as Duke of Wellington he is now known by the courtesy title of Marquess of Douro.

Lord and Lady Douro have twins and a younger son:[2][3][4]

Lord Douro is the heir apparent to the Dukedom of Wellington and to the titles Prince of Waterloo and Duke 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.


The Marquess of Douro still owns 1,083 hectares of private farmland in Belgium in the region of Nivelles, gifted by the King of the Netherlands after the battle of Waterloo.[5] It makes him one of the biggest land owners in the Belgian nobility.[6]

Titles and styles[edit]

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In Spain:

In the Netherlands and in Belgium:



Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duchess of Wellington
Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Victoria, Princess Royal, daughter of Queen Victoria
Succeeded by
Earl of Mornington
Court offices
Preceded by
John Carew-Pole
Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Succeeded by
Thomas Lumley