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Duke of Wellington's youngest son Lord Frederick, 28, is engaged to bomb disposal expert

The Duke of Wellington's youngest son Lord Frederick Wellesley is set to marry a bomb disposal expert who served in Iraq with the Royal Engineers.  

Lord Frederick, 28, who is the godson of Prince Charles and a direct descendant of the 'Iron Duke' who masterminded victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, is engaged to fellow soldier Katie Lambert, 28.

Their engagement was confirmed by a notice in the Telegraph on Thursday. 

It read: 'The engagement is announced between Captain Frederick Wellesley, The Blues and Royals, younger son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, and Captain Katherine Lambert, Royal Engineers, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs Nicholas Lambert.'

The 9th Duke of Wellington's youngest son holds the rank of Captain in the Blues and Royals, a cavalry regiment which is the second-most senior of the British Army. 

Lord Frederick, 28, who is the godson of Prince Charles and a direct descendant of the 'Iron Duke' who masterminded victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, is engaged to fellow soldier Katie Lambert, 28

 Their engagement was confirmed by a notice in the Telegraph on Thursday. Pictured left: Frederick and right: Captain Katie Lambert

His fiancee, who also attended the Royal Academy Sandhurst before she joined the Royal Engineers, previously spent five months in Iraq training their security forces.  

More recently, she moved to the Army Training Regiment in Winchester, where she teaches new recruits on the 14-week basic training course. 

The solider has qualifications in rock climbing and parachuting, and she has previously represented the Army for lacrosse and captained the female Royal Engineer Cross Country team.

Ms Lambert has also studied towards an MA in Global Diplomacy at SOAS University of London.

'Fred signed up for action and adventure,' one of his friends told the Daily Mail. 'He never thought he'd find love, too.'   

Lord Frederick, who is a descendant of the 1st Duke of Wellington, turned heads in 2018 when he posed for a photograph in a bloodied shirt after surviving a brutal pummelling on an Army course.

Lord Frederick is a direct descendant of the 1st Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815

Lord Frederick was born to the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley (left), and Princess Antonia or Prussia at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in 1992 

The youngest child of the current Duke underwent a ritual called 'milling' that tests the aggression and resilience of troops wanting to join the airborne forces. 

Short for 'windmilling', the ordeal involves two soldiers exchanging blows to the head in a bid to 'deliver maximum violence on to their opponent'. 

Candidates – who wear head protection and boxing gloves – are scored on their determination and aggression, while they can be marked down for attempting to block or dodge punches.    

The milling was part of a gruelling seven-day P-Company course at Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire, that also includes a 20-mile march, five-mile stretcher race and aerial assault course.   

His sister Lady Charlotte Wellesley, 30, married Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo at the Duke's family estate in Dehesa Baja, Spain in May 2016

Lord Frederick was born to the 9th Duke of Wellington, Charles Wellesley, and Princess Antonia or Prussia at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in September 1992. 

He is the youngest of five children, with his brother Arthur, the Earl of Mornington, married to fashion model and make-up artist Jemma Kidd.

His sister Lady Charlotte Wellesley, 30, married Colombian billionaire Alejandro Santo Domingo at the Duke's family estate in Dehesa Baja, Spain in May 2016. 

The socialite and photography producer has repeatedly been listed in the Sunday Times Rich List since her marriage, debuting at number 29 with an estimated worth of £3.6million in 2017. 

The family are direct descendants of the 1st Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.

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