Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington

senior British peer and retired Brigadier in the British Army (1915-2014)

Brigadier Arthur Valerian Wellesley, 8th Duke of Wellington (2 July 1915 – 31 December 2014), styled Marquess of Douro between 1943 and 1972, was a senior British peer and a brigadier in the British Army. His main residence was Stratfield Saye House in Hampshire.

The Duke of Wellington
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The Duke of Wellington in 1986
Arthur Valerian Wellesley

(1915-07-02)2 July 1915
Died31 December 2014(2014-12-31) (aged 99)
Stratfield Saye House
Alma materNew College, Oxford
TitleDuke of Wellington
PredecessorGerald Wellesley
Spouse(s)Diana McConnel (1922–2010)
ChildrenCharles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington
Lord Richard Wellesley
Lady Jane Wellesley
Lord John Wellesley
Lord James Wellesley
Parent(s)Gerald Wellesley, 7th Duke of Wellington
Dorothy Violet Ashton
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchTemplate:Country data British Army
Years of service1936–1968
Commands held22nd Armoured Brigade
Household Cavalry Regiment
Royal Horse Guards Regiment
Battles/warsSecond World War Cyprus dispute
AwardsLieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Military Cross

He was educated at Eton College and New College, Oxford.

He was a member of the House of Lords from 1972 until 1999, losing his seat by the House of Lords Act.

The 8th Duke died at the age of 99 at his home in Stratfield Saye House, Hampshire, England.[1][2]

Titles and stylesEdit

  • 2 July 1915 – 16 September 1943: Arthur Valerian Wellesley
  • 16 September 1943 – 4 January 1972: Marquess of Douro
  • 4 January 1972 – 31 December 2014: His Grace The Duke of Wellington
    • (Netherlands): His Highness The Prince of Waterloo (4 January 1972 – 31 December 2014)
    • (Spain): The Most Excellent The Duke of Ciudad Rodrigo (4 January 1972 – 21 May 2010)
    • (Portugal): His Excellency The Duke of the Victory (4 January 1972 – 31 December 2014)


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