Wellington caretaker ministry

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Wellington and Peel (1844)

King William IV had dismissed the Whig government of Lord Melbourne on 14 November 1834 and asked the Duke of Wellington to form a government but he declined, instead recommending Sir Robert Peel. Peel was in Italy at the time, so the Duke of Wellington took control of the government until Peel returned and was able to form his government on 10 December.

List of Ministers[edit]

Office Name Date
Prime Minister
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
Leader of the House of Lords
The Duke of Wellington 17 November 1834 – 9 December 1834
Chancellor of the Exchequer The Lord Denman 15 November 1834
Lord Chancellor The Lord Lyndhurst 21 November 1834
Lords Commissioners of the Treasury The Duke of Wellington[1] 21 November 1834
The Earl of Rosslyn
The Lord Ellenborough
Lord Maryborough
Sir John Beckett
Joseph Planta



  • C. Cook and B. Keith, British Historical Facts 1830–1900
Preceded by
First Melbourne ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
First Peel ministry