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Gerald Grosvenor
Duke of Westminster.jpg
The Duke in the robes of a Knight of the Garter
Born 22 December 1951 (1951-12-22) (age 58)
Omagh, Northern Ireland
Title 6th Duke of Westminster
Tenure 19 February 1979 - present
Other titles 8th Marquess of Westminster
9th Earl Grosvenor
9th Viscount Belgrave
9th Baron Grosvenor
Known for Property development & land owning
Residence Eaton Hall, Cheshire
Net worth £6.5 billion
Offices Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), 2004–2007
Predecessor Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke
Heir-apparent Hugh, Earl Grosvenor
Spouse(s) Natalia Phillips
Issue Lady Tamara Grosvenor
Lady Edwina Grosvenor
Earl Grosvenor
Lady Viola Grosvenor
Parents Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke & Viola Lyttelton

Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, CB, OBE, TD, DL (born 22 December 1951 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland), is the son of Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster, and his wife Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton. According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2009, The Duke of Westminster is worth £6.5 billion placing him 3rd in the list behind Lakshmi Mittal and Roman Abramovich. He was educated at Harrow School and Sandhurst. In 2005, he became Chancellor of the University of Chester.

Grosvenor is the richest property developer in Britain and one of Britain's largest landowners, owning vast estates in Lancashire, Cheshire and Scotland as well as great swathes of Mayfair and Belgravia in central London. Internationally the Duke also owns vast estates in Canada and Spain.

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Military career

After leaving Harrow School with a single O-level, Grosvenor failed the entrance examination to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. The Duke joined the Territorial Army in 1970 as a trooper.

Later in 1973 Grosvenor attended Sandhurst and subsequently commanded the North Irish Horse, The Cheshire Yeomanry Squadron, founded by his ancestors, and the The Queen's Own Yeomanry. He was also appointed the Honorary Colonel of several Regiments, including the 7th Regt. Army Air Corps, the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, the Queen's Own Yeomanry, Northumbria Universities Officer Training Corps, Colonel in Chief of the Canadian Royal Westminster Regiment, the North Irish Horse and Colonel Commandant Yeomanry.

In 2004 he was appointed to the new post of Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets) with promotion to the rank of Major General.

In March 2007, having served in the Ministry of Defence for four years he handed over the responsibility of 50,000 Reservists and 138,000 Cadets to Major General Simon Lalor. Grosvenor is now engaged in the Reserve Review in the same Rank. He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for his military service in the 2008 Birthday Honours. He is also an Honorary Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute.

Personal life

As a child Grosvenor lived on an island in the middle of Lough Erne. His early education was in Northern Ireland before attending Sunningdale School and Harrow School.

Grosvenor married Natalia Ayesha Phillips, the daughter of Lt.-Col. Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips and his wife Georgina Wernher, in 1978. His wife is a direct descendant of the Russian poet Alexander S. Pushkin (and therefore of his ancestor Ibrahim Hannibal as well as of King George I, making her distantly in line for the British throne). Their children are:

  • Lady Tamara Katherine Grosvenor (b. 20 December 1979) married Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem (6 November 2004)
  • Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor (b. 4 November 1981)
  • Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor (b. 29 January 1991), the Duke's heir apparent.
  • Lady Viola Georgina Grosvenor (b. 12 October 1992)

Saint-Ouen flea market

Grosvenor's company, Grosvenor Continental Europe, bought the up-market Serpette and Paul-Bert sections of the 120-year-old Saint-Ouen market, just north of the 18th arrondissement in Paris, in 2005.

Antiques dealers at the Saint-Ouen flea market, which attracts millions of visitors every year, launched an Asterix-style protest in October, 2007 at his attempts to impose "exorbitant" rent rises. Traders accused the Duke of wanting to transform the traditional flea-market into a luxury market like the Louvre des Antiquaires, an expensive antiques arcade in central Paris. The combined rental value of the 420 pitches at the flea market amounts to almost €4 million.[1]

Titles and honours

Honours

Honorary military appointments

See also

References

  1. ^ The Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2007 Paris revolts against Duke of Westminster

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
None
Chancellor of the University of Chester
2005–present
Succeeded by
(current incumbent)
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Grosvenor,
5th Duke of Westminster
Duke of Westminster
1979–present
Succeeded by
(current incumbent)
Heir Apparent
Hugh Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor
United Kingdom order of precedence
Preceded by
His Grace
The Duke of Abercorn
His Grace The Duke of Westminster
United Kingdom Order of Precedence
Gentlemen
Succeeded by
His Grace The Duke of Fife

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