Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington

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Princess Antonia
Duchess of Wellington
Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo
Princess of Waterloo
Duchess of Victoria
Born (1955-04-28) 28 April 1955 (age 63)
London, United Kingdom
Spouse Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington (m. 1977)
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 Hohenzollern
Father Prince Frederick of Prussia
Mother Lady Brigid Guinness

Princess Antonia of Prussia, Duchess of Wellington,[1][2][3] OBE (born 28 April 1955) is a great-granddaughter of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and the wife of Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington.

Life and family

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

HRH Prince Christian-Sigismund
HRH Princess Nina

  • Isabelle-Alexandra Grandmontagne-Prinzessin von Preußen
  • HRH Prince Christian Ludwig
  • HRH Princess Irina Maria

HRH Princess Marie Cécile

Antonia Elizabeth Brigid Louise Mansfeld was born in London on 28 April 1955, the daughter of Prince Frederick of Prussia and Lady Brigid Guinness, daughter of Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh.[4] She is the twin sister of Prince Rupert.[4]

She was educated at Cobham Hall School and King's College London (BA, English).[5] She was awarded the OBE in the 2008 Birthday Honours for services to social housing as President of the Guinness Trust.[6]

Marriage and children

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

  • Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington (31 January 1978), married Jemma Kidd on 4 June 2005; they have three children:
    • Lady Mae Madeleine Wellesley (born 4 January 2010)
    • Arthur Darcy Wellesley, Viscount Wellesley (born 4 January 2010)
    • The Honourable Alfred Wellesley (born 10 December 2014)
  • Lady Honor Wellesley (25 October 1979), married The Honourable Orlando Montagu on 3 July 2004; they have two children:
    • Walter Montagu (3 December 2005), first grandchild of the Duke and the Duchess (then the Marquess and Marchioness of Douro)
    • Nancy Jemima Montagu (January 2007)
  • Lady Mary Wellesley (6 December 1986)
  • Lady Charlotte Wellesley (8 October 1990), married Alejandro Santo Domingo on 28 May 2016
  • Lord Frederick Wellesley (30 September 1992)

Antonia is in the line of succession to the British throne through her descent from Queen Victoria's daughter, Victoria, Princess Royal.

Titles, styles and honours

Titles and styles

  • 28 April 1955 — 3 February 1977: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia of Prussia
  • 3 February 1977 — 14 June 2008: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro
  • 14 June 2008 — 31 December 2014: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Marchioness of Douro, OBE
  • 31 December 2014 — present: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington, OBE

In Belgium and the Netherlands:

  • 31 December 2014 — present: Her Royal Highness The Princess of Waterloo

In Spain

  • 21 May 2010 — present: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Duchess of Ciudad Rodrigo

In Portugal

  • 31 December 2014 — present: Her Royal Highness Princess Antonia, Duchess of Victoria, Marchioness of Torres Vedras, Countess of Vimeiro

Honours

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ 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 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
  4. ^ a b c d Montgomery-Massingberd, Hugh. "Burke's Royal Families of the World: Volume I Europe & Latin America, 1977, pp. 145, 235, 279. ISBN 0-85011-023-8
  5. ^ 'DOURO, Marchioness of', Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014
  6. ^ http://www.kcl.ac.uk/newsevents/news/news-archive/2008/jun/Kings-recognised-in-Birthday-Honours.aspx

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Princess Antonia, Duchess of Wellington
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
Marquess of Douro
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