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Prince William as usher and 100,000 flowers… Lavish wedding on £10 bill Duke of Westminster and why boyfriend Harry snubbed the bash

WITH an estimated fortune of £10 billion, the Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, is undoubtedly the country’s most eligible bachelor.

That is until tomorrow, when he is set to marry his fiancée, Olivia Henson, in a lavish ceremony in the city of Chester.

The Duke of Westminster is getting married to Olivia HensonCredit: PA
Prince William, seen here with a young Hugh, will play a crucial role in the weddingCredit: Getty
The couple has made big plans for their wedding this FridayCredit: SWNS
100,000 flowers have been planted for the big dayCredit: Twitter/ChesterBID

The wedding is already being touted as one of the biggest high-profile events of the year, with a star-studded guest list.

Now that royals and famous dignitaries will be present, the powerful duke has closed several streets to the public.

The 33-year-old groom-to-be pulled out all the stops and spared no expense to make it an unforgettable day.

Here, we reveal everything we know about the glitzy ceremony.

100,000 flowers

Although the wedding costs have been kept secret, it has been reported that the Duke will fund them privately.

For the big day, 100,000 flowers have been planted throughout the city, all paid for by the Duke. After the ceremony they are donated to charity.

High-profile guests will gather at Chester’s historic cathedral for the serviceCredit: Getty
The church has sentimental value to the duke as his father’s memorial service was held thereCredit: Getty

The wedding, in Chester’s historic cathedral, will be attended by 400 guests.

Speaking about why he chose to get married at the venue, the Duke said: ‘We obviously have a long association with the cathedral as a family, so we were here for my father’s memorial service, my sister’s wedding and every Remembrance Sunday that I can attend. is here.

The Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor is seen with Prince William and Theresa May

“But I’m incredibly excited and I also wanted to make it very clear how incredibly helpful people have been, how supportive they’ve been so far, which I’m incredibly grateful for because I realize it’s going to be a big challenge.” , big thing for the city.”

Three talented schoolchildren have been asked to perform selected songs as the Duke and his bride walk down the aisle.

Grace Crook, Isla Mills and Cassie Lounds, who all attend The Queen’s School in Chester, even appeared on video to talk about this unique opportunity.

Year 12 student Grace, head chorister of Chester Cathedral Choir, said she was “thrilled” to be involved in such a big event.

The reception will take place in Eaton Hall, Hugh’s family seatCredit: Getty

“It’s an absolute honor to now be head chorister and I’m really looking forward to the big day. It’s a lot of pressure but it’s such an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait,” she says

After the wedding, guests will be entertained at the reception in Eaton Hall, the Duke’s country home.

It is thought a second bank holiday will also take place on Saturday at the sprawling 10,872-acre estate in Cheshire. The incredible home was designed to showcase the wealth of the first Duke of Westminster.

The choice of venue will mark a full-circle moment, just like the estate where the Duke proposed to Olivia in November 2023.

Free ice cream for enthusiasts

Police secured the area earlier todayCredit: CHRIS NEILL
Flowers for the wedding are brought by a local floristCredit: James Whatling
Telephone booths in the area have been renovatedCredit: CHRIS NEILL

Hundreds of sympathizers line the streets to catch a glimpse of the young couple.

Earlier today the couple announced that the public would get free ice cream, gelato and sorbet from three independent shops in the city centre, which will also offer donuts, water and coffee.

The city was a hive of activity today, with police planning security operations and ensuring the area was safe and florists transporting floral arrangements.

Even the telephone booths were given a makeover – with a painter touching up the gold crowns at the top with strict attention to detail.

The municipality has chosen to close several roads around the cathedral.

It advised people wanting to travel on that day: “Please reconsider journeys into the city center on that day and avoid driving if possible.”

The Duke has also hinted that he will compensate businesses that will close or lose trading during the road closures, promising to provide “financial support”.

£5 million parties

The wedding will be nothing short of extravagant if the Duke’s previous celebrations have nothing to do with it.

For his 21st birthday in 2012, Hugh’s father spent a whopping £5 million on a lavish party with high-profile guests, including Prince Harry.

The event was held in the gardens of Eaton Hall and featured performances from comedian Michael McIntyre and hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks.

His 800 guests enjoyed free champagne and a light show at midnight.

Michael Mcintyre also played a set thereCredit: Rex
Rizzle Kicks performed at the Duke’s 21st birthdayCredit: Mikael Buck – The Sun

A-list guests

Several members of England’s high society scene are expected to come to Cheshire to help celebrate the nuptials.

The Duke is close friends with high-ranking royals such as Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Harry.

His family has an extensive history with the royal family.

Hugh’s father was the late queen’s 14th cousin once removed and a mentor to William at Her Majesty’s request, according to reports.

In 2013, Hugh became the godfather of the Prince of Wales’s eldest child, Prince George.

Prince William will serve as usher during the lavish ceremonyCredit: AFP
Prince George will play an important role during the ceremonyCredit: Millie Pilkington
Prince Harry is said to have withdrawn to avoid awkward moments with his brotherCredit: Getty
Dan Snow and his wife Edwina, the Duke’s sister, will be in attendanceCredit: Rex

The extensive estates of Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster

THE Grosvenor family originally made their fortune in mining before turning their eyes to the property world.

Hugh inherited an impressive property portfolio when his father passed away in 2016.

The Duke owns all of London’s Park Lane and half of Mayfair.

In addition, the properties that Hugh owns include:

  • Eaton Estate – the 11,500 acre home of the Grosvenor family in Cheshire.
  • Abbeystead – the 23,500 acre shooting range in Lancashire.
  • Finca La Garganta estate – the 37,000 hectare plot in the countryside of Cordoba, near Seville, Spain.
  • Reay Forest in Sutherland, Scotland.

Prince William and his son, Prince George, are expected to play a crucial role on the big day. Although the Prince of Wales will be an usher, it is unknown what role George will play.

Reportedly, Prince Harry, who was also invited, turned down the invitation because he didn’t want the focus of the day to be on his feud with his brother and other family members.

A source told The Times: “It’s clear a civil understanding has been reached between the Duke (of Westminster) and Harry over the phone. After all, it’s still a long way to go from California.”

They added: “Harry was invited but then agreed to stay away.

‘The Duke’s diplomacy then cleared the way for William to take on the role of usher at Friday’s ceremony – a job that would have been extremely difficult if he had been obliged to lead Harry to his pew, even if he enjoyed telling him where to go. ”

The King and Princess of Wales, who are both dealing with cancer diagnoses, are not expected to attend.

Other guests include the Duke’s sisters, Lady Tamara, Lady Viola and Lady Edwina, along with her husband, TV historian Dan Snow.

Dazzling wealth

The Duke inherited his wealth at the age of 25 when his father diedCredit: Rex Features
He once had a reputation as a party boy for his wild holiday celebrationsCredit: BackGrid
Hugh with his mother, Lady Natalia Grosvenor, and friends on holiday in PortofinoCredit: Mega

The Duke of Westminster became a billionaire at the age of 25 when his father died, inheriting his family’s eye-watering wealth.

According to last year’s Sunday Times Rich List, the clan is now the twelfth richest family in the country.

When it comes to property portfolios, few can compete with the Duke’s, including the 23,500-acre Abbeystead shooting range in Lancashire.

He also owns Reay Forest in Sutherland, Scotland, which is home to a range of beautiful mountains and thousands of wild deer.

When he feels like getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, he can retreat to his 37,000-acre plot, the Finca La Garganta estate, in the countryside of Cordoba, near Seville, Spain.

William and Harry are known to be occasional visitors to the vast Spanish estate, spending time hunting wild boar and deer.

The Duke, who had a reputation as a party boy before his inheritance, has also been on luxury holidays with his family and friends.

Olivia has hinted that she and her husband-to-be will leave London after their wedding.

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“It (Eaton Hall) is clearly a place where we will live, where we will build our lives together,” she told Town and Country.

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