Eighth Duke of Wellington dies aged 99

File photo dated 07/12/76 of Duke of Wellington at Apsley House with the red and blue tunic left by Napoleon Bonaparte on the Waterloo battlefield in June 1815
File photo dated 07/12/76 of Duke of Wellington at Apsley House with the red and blue tunic left by Napoleon Bonaparte on the Waterloo battlefield in June 1815

The 8th Duke of Wellington, whose ancestor won the Battle of Waterloo, has died at the age of 99.

Arthur Valerian Wellesley, who was also known as the Prince of Waterloo, died peacefully yesterday at his home on the Stratfield Saye Estate in Hampshire, surrounded by his family.

His death comes just six months before the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in which the British army, under the command of the 1st Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon in what was then the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and is now Belgium.

A spokesman for the duke said a private funeral for family and the estate will be held at Stratfield Saye Church on Thursday, January 8.

The date of a memorial service to be held in London will be announced shortly, he said.

Commemorations of the battle are being overseen by Waterloo 200.