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Olivia Henson Sparkles in Heirloom Tiara at Wedding to Duke of Westminster, Previously Worn by His Sister – PEOPLE

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Olivia Henson appeared to choose a sentimental piece connected to her new husband the Duke of Westminster’s family as her “something borrowed” at their wedding.

Olivia, 31, arrived for her wedding to Hugh Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, on June 7 wearing the Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara. The delicate headpiece was made for Grosvenor brides to wear on their wedding day and has been in the family (one of the wealthiest in Britain) since 1906. It was originally commissioned for the wedding of Lord Hugh Grosvenor and Lady Mabel Crichton, according to The Court Jeweller.

The Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara is striking for its laurel wreath design and was previously brought out of the family vault for one of the groom’s sisters’ wedding days. Twenty years ago, Hugh’s sister Lady Tamara sported the tiara when she wed Edward van Cutsem at the same wedding venue, Chester Cathedral, in November 2004.

Like Olivia, Tamara wore her hair in an elegant updo complementing the floral tiara and accessorized with drop earrings. The 2004 celebration was attended by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and Prince William and Prince Harry acted as ushers (a duty that the Prince of Wales repeated on June 7). 

Edward van Cutsem and Lady Tamara Grosvenor on their Nov. 6, 2004 wedding day.

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Olivia’s bridal look also included a long-sleeved ivory gown with floral embroidery by British designer Emma Victoria Payne and a veil with floral motifs and edgings inspired by her great-great-grandmother’s wedding headpiece from 1880.

Hugh is one of four children and became the Duke of Westminster at age 25 upon the death of his father, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, in 2016. While his two other sisters, Lady Edwina and Lady Viola, tied the knot outside of the spotlight, his mother, Natalia, also slipped on a tiara for her wedding day in 1978.

According to The Court Jeweller, Natalia wore the Westminster Bagration Tiara, an engagement present from her fiance, when she wed the 6th Duke of Westminster. The dazzling diadem, which features pink gems and diamonds, was reportedly originally owned by a family with royal heritage in Russia.

Gerald and Natalia Grosvenor on their Oct. 7, 1978 wedding day.

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Hugh, 33, and Olivia wed at Chester Cathedral before 400 guests in a service officiated by the Dean of Chester, the Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford. Prince William, a close friend of the groom’s, acted as an usher for the ceremony, and Princess Eugenie was also a guest. Hugh’s royal godsons Prince George, 10, and Prince Archie, 5, were not in attendance, and PEOPLE previously confirmed that Prince Harry would not be at the service. 

The Duke of Sussex sends “his love and support and admiration for the couple” for their wedding day, a source tells PEOPLE.

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Hugh Grosvenor and Olivia Henson on their June 7, 2024 wedding day.

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The Chester Cathedral Choir performed at Hugh and Olivia’s summer nuptials, which was held at the church long linked to his family and near their ancestral home, Eaton Hall. All of the wedding florals were seasonally sourced from local growers through the “Flowers from the Farm” program; many will later be donated. 

Other foliage came from the Grosvenor family’s Eaton Estate, where Hugh proposed to Olivia in April 2023 and where their private wedding reception will be held.

Much like a royal wedding, local roads were closed around the cathedral as well-wishers came out to catch a glimpse of the couple, who sealed the celebration with a kiss.

Hugh Grosvenor and Olivia Henson on their June 7, 2024 wedding day.

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