Prince William arrives to be usher at Duke of Westminster's society wedding of the year

7 June 2024, 10:50 | Updated: 7 June 2024, 12:42

Prince William arriving for the wedding
Prince William arriving for the wedding. Picture: PA/Getty/LBC

By Emma Soteriou

Prince William has arrived to be an usher at the Duke of Westminster's society wedding of the year.

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Billionaire aristocrat Hugh Grosvenor, 33, will marry Olivia Henson, 31, at Chester Cathedral on Friday afternoon.

Just after midday, the bride was seen arriving at the church in a dress which incorporated floral motifs and edgings from Ms Henson's great-great-grandmother's veil.

She also wore the Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara made for Grosvenor brides to wear on their wedding day, which has been in the family since 1906.

Among the 400 guests attending is Prince William, who is an usher at the service.

However, he was not joined by Kate, who remains out of the spotlight as she undergoes treatment for cancer.

Prince Harry did not make an appearance either, after it was mutually agreed between the feuding brothers that he would not attend.

William arriving at Chester Cathedral
William arriving at Chester Cathedral. Picture: LBC

The Duke, who is the richest man in Britain under 40, is godfather to Prince William's son Prince George and Prince Harry's son Archie.

He is said to be paying for free ice cream, gelato and sorbet for locals from three local independent cafes to mark the occasion.

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Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, arrives at Chester Cathedral for his wedding to Olivia Henson
Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, arrives at Chester Cathedral for his wedding to Olivia Henson. Picture: Alamy
Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, arrives at Chester Cathedral for his wedding to Olivia Henson.
Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster, arrives at Chester Cathedral for his wedding to Olivia Henson. Picture: Alamy

Ms Henson travelled to the cathedral with her father in a vintage Bentley, originally made for the car manufacturer's founder in 1930.

The wedding was officiated by the Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford.

Crowds were seen lining the streets outside Chester cathedral ahead of the ceremony, with dozens looking to get a glimpse at the couple.

Some are said to have been camping out since 6am - despite the wedding not being due to start until midday.

Prince of Wales arrives with guests to Duke of Westminster's wedding

The Duke of Westminster boasts a fortune of over £10 billion, having become an instant billionaire when he inherited his title and control of the historic Grosvenor Estate aged 25.

His bride, who grew up in London and Oxfordshire, has worked in the sustainable food and drinks industry, most recently at London-based artisanal food company Belazu.

The couple are said to have chosen the wedding venue due to the personal connection to the duke, whose family home Eaton Hall is nearby.

Following the service, there will be a private reception at the family home.

Bride arrives at her wedding to the Duke of Westminster

A spokesperson for the duke and Ms Henson said: "This is an incredibly special day for the Duke and Miss Henson and they are very much looking forward to the service.

"It means a lot to them to marry in Chester Cathedral, especially given the Grosvenor family's long and close personal connection to both the Cathedral and the city of Chester.

"The couple have also been moved by the messages of support they have received from around the region and are hugely grateful that people want to share in their happiness."

Crowds gathered outside the cathedral
Crowds gathered outside the cathedral. Picture: Alamy

The spokesperson added: "The Duke and Miss Henson have taken a great deal of care in planning the wedding, putting their own personal stamp on all the arrangements and have made a conscious effort to involve local and regional suppliers in several aspects of the day."

The couple got engaged last year after being together for two years.

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