Duke of Westminster

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Coat of arms.
Eaton Hall in circa 1880.

The title of Duke of Westminster was created by Queen Victoria in 1874. It was given to Hugh Grosvenor, 3rd Marquess of Westminster. The current holder of the title is Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster. Earl Grosvenor, the only son of the Duke, is godfather to Prince George of Cambridge.[1] The Present Duke is entitled to the style of address of His Grace and the family surname is Grosvenor. The Duke of Westminster's seat is at Eaton Hall, Cheshire.[2] The traditional burial place of the Dukes is St Mary's Church, Eccleston. The title was raised from the rank of Marquess. The family also owned a large townhouse in London called simply "Grosvenor House".

List of Dukes[change | change source]

  1. Hugh Lupus Grosvenor (1825–1899) Duke from 1874–1899 married Lady Constance Sutherland-Leveson-Gower and later Katherine Cavendish.
  2. Hugh Grosvenor (1879–1953) Duke from 1899–1953 married Constance Cornwallis-West then Violet Nelson and again to Loelia Ponsonby followed by Anne Sullivan.
  3. William Grosvenor (1894–1963) Duke from 1953–1963 died unmarried.
  4. Gerald Grosvenor (1907–1967) Duke from 1963–1967; married Sally Perry.
  5. Robert Grosvenor (1910–1979) Duke from 1967–1979; married Hon Viola Lyttelton.
  6. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (1951–2016) Duke since 1979; married Natalia Phillips, a distant relative of the British and Russian royal families. He was, according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2016,[3] worth £9.35 billion (c. US$13 billion). He was sixth in the list and the third-richest British citizen. He was the richest member of the peerage, with a wealth significantly greater than Queen Elizabeth.
  7. Hugh Grosvenor (b. 1991).

Grosvenor House[change | change source]

The huge family house in Park Lane, London was called Grosvenor House. In its place is now the Grosvenor House Hotel, built on the site.

The Grosvenor hotel – the venue for some of London's grandest award ceremonies – was sold to Indian conglomerate Sahara for £470m in December 2010.[4] The head of the conglomerate is Sahara India Pariwar.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Prince George's godparents announced". BBC News. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  2. George Ashdown Audsley, The Stranger's Handbook to Chester, Eaton Hall and Hawarden Castles and Vicinity (Chester: Catherall, 1891), pp. 157–58
  3. The list is the 28th annual survey of the wealthiest people resident in the United Kingdom, published by The Sunday Times.
  4. Russell, Johnathan (31 December 2010). "Sahara buys Grosvenor House Hotel from RBS for £470m". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2012.