Wellington caretaker ministry

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King William IV had dismissed the Whig government of Lord Melbourne on 14 November 1834 and asked the Duke of Wellington to form a government but he declined, instead recommending Sir Robert Peel. Peel was in Italy at the time, so the Duke of Wellington took control of the government until Peel returned and was able to form his government on 10 December.

List of Ministers

The Duke of Wellington, in 1844
Office Name Date Notes
Prime Minister
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies
Leader of the House of Lords
The Duke of Wellington 17 November 1834 – 9 December 1834  
Chancellor of the Exchequer The Lord Denman 15 November 1834  
Lord Chancellor The Lord Lyndhurst 21 November 1834  
Lords Commissioners of the Treasury The Duke of Wellington 21 November 1834 First Lord
The Earl of Rosslyn  
The Lord Ellenborough
Lord Maryborough
Sir John Beckett
Joseph Planta


  • Wellington held all three Secretary of State positions.
  • As no separate Chancellor of the Exchequer had been appointed, Denman held the post pro tempore by virtue of being Lord Chief Justice.
  • Most offices were in commission.


  • C. Cook and B. Keith, British Historical Facts 1830-1900
Preceded by
First Melbourne Ministry
Government of the United Kingdom
Succeeded by
First Peel Ministry