_. The 8th Duke of Wellington (Peerage of the UK, cr 1814), died at his home at Stratfield Saye, near Basingstoke, 31 December, 2014. He was aged 99.
Arthur Valerian Wellesley was born 2 July, 1915, son of the 7th Duke of Wellington (1885-1972), by his wife the former Dorothy Violet Ashton (d 1956), and succeeded to the family honours on his father's demise. 4 Jan, 1972.
The duke married 28 Jan, 1944, Diana Ruth McConnel (d 1 Nov, 2010), by whom he had issue, four sons and one daughter.
He is succeeded by his eldest son, (Arthur) Charles Valerian Wellesley, Marquess of Douro, who was born 19 August, 1945, and is married to Princess Antonia von Preussen, descended from Wilhelm III, German Emperor (and thus from Queen Victoria).
The Duke of Wellington's funeral takes place 8 January, 2015.