The Duke of Westminster

Duke of Westminster

Hello and hi. Sorry (not sorry) but there will be no Olympics news today. Cue massive applause. But the games have been rather grand, have they not? I think they have. Today I will turn my attention to Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, also known as The Duke of Westminster. GCG sadly passed away at the young age of 64 at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire, on Tuesday after he suddenly became ill, on his Abbeystead Estate. Terribly young to go meet one’s maker, in my opinion. I would also like to point out that it is interesting to note that rich people have ‘estates’ and the rest of us have ‘houses.’ Sigh.

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor was a billionaire landowner and philanthropist. In addition, he was the UK’s THIRD richest man. In Europe, the duke’s fortunes was estimated at 8.3bn by Forbes magazine, making him the world’s 68th richest person (and the UK’s third).

He was a friend of the Royal family and became the SIXTH Duke of Westminster in 1979. Hugh Grosvenor, one of the duke’s 4 children (and heir to the dukedom) is Prince George’s youngest godfather. Two things-am quite certain if Hugh was a ‘Hughilina’ he would not have inherited his Pa’s title. Terribly unfair. Next-Prince George has like 14 godparents. Erm…what gives? Does he really need that many?

Pictured below is the Duke and the Queen in 2004, as they attended the wedding of his daughter, Lady Tamara. If the Queen attends your daughter’s wedding, you are pretty much a big deal. Yes,  yes, you are.

The Duke of Westminster and the Queen

The Duke owned plenty property across the UK. Lucky duck. In fact, he owned 190 aces in Belgravia, an area near to Buckingham Palace and one of London’s most expensive districts. Nice digs, if you can get it. I used to have an aunt who once lived in Belgravia, right next to the German embassy. Another lucky duck.

In addition, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that Her Majesty the Queen is aware of the news about the Duke of Westminster….A private message of condolence is being sent by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.” A private message from the Queen. Oh boy, he was definitely a VIP.  In another statement by yet another spokesperson for The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spoke of how “deeply shocked and greatly saddened”  the pair were by the sudden death of their friend the Duke of Westminster, a Clarence House spokeswoman added.

Pictured below are the Duke and the Prince. I wonder what was so funny? Oh I know… there was no King. Lol. She’s got jokes.

The Duke of Westminster and the Prince of Wales

The duke married his wife, Natalie Phillips in 1979. The duke also received his ‘duke’ title the same year. My goodness, 1979 was definitely a good year for him. And for me too, as my brother was born in 1979. But I digress.

Duke of Westminster and wife Natalie Phillips

The Grosvenor family pretty much accrued much of their London wealth through the marriage of Sir Thomas Grosvernor to the heiress Mary Davies in 1677. Wow, talk about old money. Also, ‘Davies’ is a typical Welsh surname, so am guessing she was from Wales. Team Wales. Further, Davies brought Grosvenor the estates which would become the cornestone of the family’s later wealth. In short, she was a BOSS. A BOSS with land, money and influence.

In brief, the estates were described as Ebury farm-east of Chelsea, and a large holding between Brook and Park Lane in central London. Today this area is known as parts of Belgravia and Mayfair districts. This is PRIME real estate property in London Town. In fact, think the exact opposite of Mediterranean Avenue on the Monopoly boardgame.

Educated at Harrow School, the duke woked on ranches in both Australia and Canada. He abandoned his dream of a career as a soldier in 1973 on becoming trustee of the Grosvenor Estate. But he signed up to the Territorial Army, ( and in 1994, he was made an OBE (order of the British Empire) for his work in the volunteer force.

Throughout his life, the duke used his wealth responsibly and gave financial support to both rural and inner-city areas, with links to his estate; a very admirable thing to do, in my opinion. He was clearly a fantastic chap. That is all.

Cheers

 

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