Monday, 28 November 2016

In memory of the Duke of Westminster

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
(photo By Allan warren - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link)

Members of the Royal Family joined the congregation at Chester Cathedral today at a memorial service for the 6th Duke of Westminster who died in August. The Duke of Cambridge gave a reading at the service remembering Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor while his family led tributes. 

The service was attended by the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugenie and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

They joined over 1400 people in Chester Cathedral - the 6th Duke of Westminster loved the city and the surrounding countryside and was said to love spending time at his home at Eaton Hall just outside Chester.  There was a huge turnout from the people of the area he made his own with warm memories and sadness at his sudden loss - Gerald Grosvenor was 64 when he passed away in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

His widow and his three daughters along with their families joined the new Duke of Westminster, 25 year old Hugh Grosvenor, one of Prince George's godparents, to lead tributes to a man who put family at the top of a list of priorities which included managing one of the biggest and most valuable estates in Europe.

His children gave readings as did Prince William who said the Garter Prayer at the service - the 6th Duke of Westminster was a member of the Order of the Garter. William is the godson of the duke's wife, Natalia.

The royal attendance at the memorial service underlines the close bonds between the two families and the respect in which Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster was held.

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