Duke of Westminster and bride Olivia Henson attend wedding rehearsal in Chester on the eve of the church ceremony

Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, and his fiancée Olivia Henson made a surprise appearance in Chester on the eve of their wedding as they attended a rehearsal at Chester Cathedral.

The bride and groom-to-be were accompanied by their bridal party as they arrived at the landmark building, showing few signs of pre-wedding nerves.

The Duke’s sister, Edwina, was accompanied by page boys and flower girls

Olivia was dressed casually in a gray leopard print dress, matching leopard print sneakers and a silver crucifix necklace.

Hugh’s sister Lady Edwina was also seen walking into the cathedral with her children, believed to be flower girls and page boys.

Edwina’s husband Dan Snow, a presenter and historian, was also spotted at the rehearsal

Preparations in Chester Cathedral

The low-key couple will say “I do” in a private ceremony at noon on Friday.

Exclusively spoken against HELLO! Ahead of the wedding, The Very Revd revealed Dr. Tim Stratford, who has been Dean of Chester since 2018, said it was “a decent decision” for bride Olivia to hold the wedding at the cathedral, given her fiancé’s strong ties to the city and his family church.

“She fell in love with Chester,” he added.

Vans full of supplies arrive at Chester Cathedral for the wedding of the Duke of Westminster

The dean also noted how proud he was that the couple had chosen Chester Cathedral: “They could have chosen a remote island, but they chose here.”

The wedding will be a Church of England ceremony, including readings personally chosen by the couple.

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presence of Prince William

About 400 guests are expected at the high-society wedding, including Prince William, who is a close friend of the groom and will support him on the day as one of his ushers.

William’s 10-year-old son Prince George, a godson of Hugh, was previously reported as a page boy, although he is no longer expected to attend.

William missed the rehearsal because he was in France to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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Choose Chester

Hugh and Olivia chose to marry at Chester Cathedral given the groom’s long-standing association with the venue and its proximity to his family’s ancestral seat, Eaton Hall, where the wedding reception will take place.

The couple plan to move north from London, where Olivia is based for her job at food company Belazu, although it is not yet known exactly where they will live.

The bride-to-be previously told City & Country: “It’s clearly a place where we’ll live, where we’ll build our lives together. And we’re slowly transitioning to move up from London and be here much more permanently and really put down roots. So basically, yeah In the end it was a very easy decision.”


The Duke of Westminster and his bride-to-be, Mrs. Olivia Henson

Meet the bride

  • Ms Olivia Henson, 31, was educated at Marlborough College, where Kate and Pippa Middleton, among others, are educated.
  • She graduated from Trinity in Ireland.
  • Olivia is now a Senior Account Manager at Belazu, a B-corp ingredients company.

The wedding location

  • The Duke and future Duchess of Westminster will tie the knot in Chester Cathedral
  • The space is where his late father’s memorial was held and is set in the city where he grew up.
  • Olivia revealed City & Country that Chester is “the place where we will live, where we will build our lives together.”

The wedding guests

  • The Grosvenors are a family with a long-standing connection to the Royal Family; Hugh is a lifelong friend of Princes William and Harry.
  • The Prince of Wales has been confirmed as one of the Duke’s messengers.

Which royal guests declined their invitation?

  • Despite having a close relationship with the Duke, Prince Harry and Meghan have reportedly declined their invitation.
  • It has not yet been confirmed whether King Charles, Hugh’s godfather, will attend along with Queen Camilla.
  • The Princess of Wales is not expected to attend as she continues to stay out of the spotlight as she undergoes treatment for cancer.
  • It is likely that Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will not attend.