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The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster

The UK's former most eligible bachelor is officially off the market.

Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster has married his girlfriend of three years, Olivia Henson.

The ceremony was held at Chester Cathedral on June 7, with the newlyweds planning to relocate to Chester following the big day.

CHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 07:  Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster and Olivia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster kiss after their wedding ceremony at Chester Cathedral on June 07, 2024 in Chester, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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With little to rival their marriage, the couple’s wedding was dubbed the royal event of the year with Prince William holding the rather important role of usher.

Princess Eugenie was also in attendance, however, both King Charles and Queen Camilla were noticeably absent from the day.

In April of 2023, Hugh released an official statement announcing their engagement.

The couple were rumoured to be introduced by a mutual friend, and unlike many royal couples, are known for their relaxed nature and preference for keeping a low profile.

Olivia also ran in affluent circles, with her early studies ensuing at Marlborough College, the same school as Princess Catherine and Pippa Middleton. She then continued her education at Trinity College.

Today, the new Duchess of Westminster works as an account manager for Belazu, a B-Corp certified sustainable food company.

The Duke of Westminster and Olivia Henson’s engagement portrait.
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Who is Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster?

Hugh Grosvenor was once considered the most eligible bachelor in Britain. Now, the young Duke is off the market and his impending nuptials are set to be the event of the season.

But, who is the Duke of Westminster and what is his connection to the royal family?

CHESHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM -JUNE 10. Aerial view of Eaton Hall in Cheshire on June 10, 2015. Located four miles south of Chester, this French chateaux style mansion was the country home of the Duke of Westminster.(Photograph by David Goddard/Getty Images)
Aerial view of Eaton Hall in Cheshire. The country home of the Duke of Westminster.
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Who is Hugh Grosvenor?

Hugh Grosvenor’s father was the 6th Duke of Westminster and inherited this title after an Uncle had passed away. Because of his more relaxed upbringing in Ireland, Gerald Grosvenor was set on giving his children the same experience growing up.

In saying that, Hugh who was born in 1991, was raised alongside his three sisters at Eaton Hall in Cheshire. The country home was anything but quaint, rather resembling a grand French manor.

His education was less grand than expected from children of the aristocracy, but Hugh still attended reputable schools in his early years and finished his education at Newcastle University where he studied countryside management.

Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster seen on a pheasant shoot near Sandringham.
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In 2016 Gerald Grosvenor sadly passed away. While Hugh had two older sisters, Lady Edwina and Lady Tamara, the system of primogeniture declared that the title was to be passed on to the eldest son.

So, at the ripe age of 25, Hugh became the 7th Duke of Westminster.

Since then, he has sat as the director for multiple charities and organisations in alignment with his family name.

These positions include Owner of Grosvenor Group Limited, and Chair of Trustees of the Westminster Foundation which aids vulnerable youth and their families to ensure they are supported in areas where it is lacking. Hugh also heads the Defence and Rehabilitation Centre supporting wounded military veterans.

In 2023, the Duke was placed on the Sunday Times Rich List, where he sat at number 11. His net worth was estimated to be a considerable £9.878 billion ($18,830 billion).

Is the Duke of Westminster related to the royal family?

Although the link to the royals is distant, the Grosvenor family still has strong and present familial ties.

The Duke of Westminster is Godfather to both Prince George and Prince Archie, and the Godson of King Charles.

Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, and Prince William attend the wedding of Edward van Cutsem and Lady Tamara Grosvenor. November 6, 2004.
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