Who is the Duke of Westminster? Meet Hugh Grosvenor

He’s one of the richest men in England.
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We’re quickly approaching one of the biggest high society events of the year – the Duke of Westminster’s wedding.

But who exactly is the Duke of Westminster? We’re taking a closer look at everything there is to know about Hugh Grosvenor.

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, is a 33-year-old billionaire businessman and aristocrat.

Referred to as ‘Hughie’ by his friends, he is one of the richest men in England, and is the 7th Duke of Westminster. He inherited his title and estate from his late father Gerald Grosvenor in 2016, at the age of just 25.

Hugh shares a close bond with many members of the British royal family, particularly brothers Prince William and Prince Harry.

Hugh is a 33-year-old billionaire. (Image: Getty)

How is the Duke of Westminster related to the royal family?

The Duke is not actually directly related to the British royal family. 

The title of ‘Duke of Westminster’ was created by Queen Victoria in 1874, and was given to Hugh Grosvenor’s relative, also named Hugh Grosvenor, who was the 3rd Marquess of Westminster at the time.

While the Grosvenor family has no familial relation to the royal family, they have maintained a close connection with the monarchy for centuries.

In present times, Hugh, the current Duke of Westminster, is especially close with William, Prince of Wales and Harry, Duke of Sussex. 

Hugh is the godfather of both of their sons, Prince George and Prince Archie, and Prince William will be playing a key role at the Duke’s upcoming wedding.

The Duke laughing with Prince William. (Image: Getty)

Why is the Duke of Westminster so rich?

When Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster passed away in 2016, Hugh inherited not only his title but also his estate.

The Duke has control of the Grosvenor Estate as well as the seat at Eaton Hall, 140,000 acres of land in prime locations across the country including Oxfordshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Scotland and Mayfair.

According to the 2024 Sunday Times Rich List, Hugh is one of the wealthiest men in Britain and is worth an estimated 10.1 billion pounds.

Who is the Duke of Westminster marrying?

The Duke of Westminster is marrying Olivia Henson on 7 June 2024.

The pair will be tying the knot in a lavish ceremony at Chester Cathedral in Chester, England.

Olivia is a senior account manager at a luxury and sustainable food company in London called Belazu, and the pair met through mutual friends in 2021.

Hugh and Olivia’s nuptials will come just over three years after they first met.

Hugh and Olivia. (Image: Grosvenor2023)

Where does the Duke of Westminster live?

Although the Duke of Westminster currently resides in London, it has been revealed that once he and Olivia are married they will live at his Cheshire estate, Eaton Hall. The pair are currently in the process of moving.

“It’s obviously a place where we will live, where we’ll be building our lives together,” Olivia told Town & Country recently.

“And we’re slowly transitioning to move up from London and be much more permanent here and really putting roots down. So actually, yes it was a really easy decision in the end.”

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