OUR ROYAL HERITAGE

160 years ago, on 20th January 1859, Wellington College in England welcomed its first pupils.

Wellington College was granted its Royal Charter in December 1853 as the ‘Royal and Religious Foundation of The Wellington College’. The College was designed by John Shaw Jr (1803-1870) with Queen Victoria laying the foundation stone in 1856.

Our Royal Heritage

Wellington College in England was founded by Queen Victoria in 1859 as a national monument to Britain’s most renowned military figure, the Duke of Wellington, Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, who also served the country with distinction twice as Prime Minister. Queen Victoria herself remarked that the Duke of Wellington was “the greatest man this country has ever produced”. The school was dedicated to be, and indeed has become, a living monument to the Duke of Wellington in perpetuity.

Over 150 years later, the College is one of the most respected schools in the United Kingdom and also one of its greatest educational institutions; pioneering, innovating and transforming education for girls and boys. In the past decade alone, this vibrant and popular co-educational school has reached new heights in today’s rapidly changing and interconnected world.

The school has educated thousands of pupils – or, as the school names them, Old Wellingtonians (OWs) – who have become ardent supporters of the school. Links with the British Royal family also remain strong, with HRH Queen Elizabeth and her husband, HRH Prince Philip, regularly visiting the College. Few schools can cite such a deep and abiding tie to their lengthy history and proud British heritage.

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