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Prince William arrives at Duke of Westminster’s high-society wedding to Olivia Henson – HELLO!

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The Prince of Wales played an important role at his friend the Duke of Westminster‘s wedding on Friday, that of usher.

The Duke, also known as Hugh Grosvenor, married his fiancée Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral at noon in what was dubbed the high-society wedding of the year

The couple dated for two years before announcing their engagement in April 2023 after Hugh popped the question at his family home, Eaton Hall, located four miles from the cathedral and where the wedding reception will take place later this afternoon.

Westminster Wedding

Take a look at the best photos from the wedding day so far…

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Flower-adorned Chester Cathedral

On the morning of the wedding, the Grade I-listed cathedral looked absolutely spectacular, with the main doors adorned with a floral arch. The flowers on display inside the cathedral included rambling roses, philadelphus, campanula, and orlaya grandiflora, as well as birch trees. 

Following the wedding, the trees will be replanted at Hugh’s family home, Eaton Hall, while the flowers will be repurposed and distributed to local organisations.

The bride and groom chose flowers from local growers through the ‘Flowers from the Farm’ network, which champions artisan growers. Many of the flowers seen also came from the Grosvenor’s Eaton Estate.

A general view of aolice and well-wishers as they line the street ahead of the wedding of The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral© Getty

Well-wishers line the streets of Chester

Crowds started to form early on Friday morning, with well-wishers hoping to catch a glimpse of the well-heeled guests, the bride and groom, and Prince William.

Ahead of the wedding, Hugh, 33, acknowledged the interest in his big day, telling Town & Country: “I also just wanted to make it very clear how unbelievably helpful people have been, how supportive they’ve been so far which I’m unbelievably grateful for. 

“Because I do realise that it’s going to be a big thing for the city. It’s going to be certainly a huge thing for us, so we’re just really grateful for all the help.”

Prince of Wales waves to crowds as he arrives for the wedding of the Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral© Mark Stewart

Prince William arrives

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The Princess was all smiles as she attended alongside a friend© James Whatling

Princess Eugenie’s surprise appearance

William’s cousin Princess Eugenie was previously not reported to be attending the wedding, although she had been spotted in Chester enjoying pre-wedding drinks with other guests on Thursday night.

The Princess attended solo, without her husband Jack Brooksbanks© Getty

Eugenie’s wedding attire

Making an appearance at around 11am with her friend and former Vogue editor Violet Henderson-Vestey, the mother-of-two looked delightful in an olive green number by Joseph and a cream fascinator by Emily London Millinery.

She accessorized with an Anya Hindmarch clutch and wore nude suede pumps by Aquazzura.

WESTMINSTER WEDDING: AT A GLANCE

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

Meet the bride

  • Miss Olivia Henson, 31, was educated at Marlborough College, whose alumni include Kate and Pippa Middleton.
  • She gained a a degree from Trinity in Ireland. 
  • Olivia is now Senior Account Manager at Belazu, a B-corp ingredient company.

The wedding venue

  • The Duke and future Duchess of Westminster will tie the knot at the breathtaking 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 to Town & Country that Chester is “the place where we will live, where we will be building 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 to be one of the Duke’s ushers.

Which royal guests declined their invitation?

  • Despite having a close relationship with the Duke, Prince Harry and Meghan reportedly declined their invitation
  • It has yet not been confirmed if King Charles, who is Hugh’s godfather, will attend with Queen Camilla. 
  • The Princess of Wales is not expected to attend, amid her ongoing break from the spotlight as she undergoes treatmet for cancer. 
  • It is likely Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will not be in attendance. 
Charlie van Straubenzee arrived alongside his wife Daisy© James Whatling

Charlie van Straubenzee arrives with wife Daisy

Prince Harry’s childhood friend Charlie van Straubenzee and his wife Daisy were among the guests pictured arriving.

Thomas van Straubenzee and wife Lucy© James Whatling

Thomas van Straubenzee and wife Lucy arrive

Prince William’s good friend Thomas van Straubenzee and his wife Lucy also made up the guest list. 

Thomas is one of Princess Charlotte’s godfathers, while Lucy taught Charlotte and George at their previous London school, Thomas’s Battersea.

Charlie Gilkes and wife Anneke© James Whatling

Charlie Gilkes and wife Anneke arrive

Another of Prince William and Prince Harry’s close friends, Charlie Gilkes, and his wife Anneke, travelled to Chester for the high-society wedding.

Edward Van Cutsem© James Whatling

The groom’s brother-in-law Edward van Cutsem

Prince William’s close friend Edward van Cutsem was spotted arriving with another guest. 

Edward is married to the groom’s sister Lady Tamara Grosvenor; the couple also chose to say “I do” at Chester Cathedral 20 years ago.

The 7th Duke of Westminster arrived at Chester Cathedral in a dark green Land Rover Defender© Getty

The groom’s much-anticipated arrival

The groom and his best men rocked up at the cathedral in a green Land Rover Defender.

Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster was cheered upon his arrival© Getty

Hugh greeted by loud cheers

Looking just a little nervous, Hugh was met with cheers and applause as he arrived at Chester Cathedral at around 11:15am. He smiled and waved to the crowds of well-wishers.

Hugh Grosvenor arrived with his three best men in tow, who are understood to be long-standing friends© Getty

Wedding ready

The groom was welcomed by The Very Revd Dr Tim Stratford, the Dean of Chester, who conducted the ceremony.

The Right Revd Mark Tanner preached, while Revd Canon Rosie Woodall led the prayers.

Speaking exclusively to HELLO! on the eve of the wedding, the Dean shared the significance of holding the wedding at the Duke’s family church, highlighting Chester as a place the bride Olivia “has fallen in love with”. He also expressed his pride in the couple for choosing this special venue for their wedding.

The mother of the groom, Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, arrived wearing a pink dress and pink fascinator© Getty

Mother-of-the-groom arrives

Members of the Grosvenor family who were spotted filing into the cathedral included the groom’s mother, Natalia, Duchess of Westminster, who was widowed in 2016 when her husband Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, died unexpectedly of a heart attack.

Natalia looked pretty in pink, matching her daughter Lady Edwina.

Natalia walked into the cathedral with the groom’s three sisters, Lady Tamara Grosvenor, Lady Viola Grosvenor and Lady Edwina Grosvenor, to cheers from the crowds outside© Getty

The groom’s sisters arrive together

Olivia Henson was chauffeured in the Bentley Motors 1930 8-Litre© Getty

The bride and father-of-the-bride arrive!

Shortly before noon, blushing bride Olivia arrived at the cathedral with her father Rupert Henson.

They were chauffeured in a vintage Bentley, provided by the Heritage Collection of Bentley Motors in Crewe. The car was originally made for W.O. Bentley, the founder of Bentley Motors, in 1930.

Bride Olivia Henson arrived at the cathedral wearing a dress and veil designed by Emma Victoria Payne© Getty

Olivia’s stunning bridal look

Olivia, 31, looked absolutely exquisite in a wedding dress and veil designed by London-based Emma Victoria Payne. 

The bespoke embroidery design on her gown and veil was hand drawn and reimagined by the designer, incorporating floral motifs and edgings from Olivia’s great-great-grandmother’s veil from around 1880.

Olivia Henson arrives for her wedding to Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral© Getty

Her exquisite tiara

Much had been said about which tiara Olivia would wear on her wedding day. 

She accessorized with the Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara made specifically for Grosvenor brides to wear at their nuptials. The tiara has been in the Grosvenor family since its creation in 1906.

The bride surprised with her choice of footwear© Getty

The wedding bouquet

She carried a bouquet of flowers, picked from the Eaton Hall gardens, comprising Meadow grass, Ox eye daisies, Iris, Rose, Clematis, Mock orange, Scabious, Sweet pea, Astrantia, Martagon lily and Love in a mist.

Olivia's dress featured an embroidery design which incorporated floral motifs and edgings from Ms Henson’s great-great-grandmother’s veil from around 1880© Getty

Olivia’s dress designer

Designer Emma Victoria Payne was on hand to make sure the bride was picture-perfect for her grand entrance.

The bride's veil blew in the wind, prompting gasps from the crowd, as she entered the cathedral© Getty

Relaxed and happy

The bride gave one last wave to the crowds before entering the cathedral.

Olivia wore the Faberge Myrtle Leaf Tiara made for Grosvenor brides to wear on their wedding day, which has been in the family since 1906.  Her bouquet was made of flowers picked from the gardens of the duke’s family home, Eaton Hall.© OLI SCARFF

Ready to make her big entrance

How beautiful did Olivia look on her big day?

The couple waved to the big crowds after tying the knot© Getty

The bride and groom emerge

After about an hour, the bride and groom emerged from the ceremony and happily waved to crowds.

Olivia made mention of the strong wind following the wedding, saying she was going to 'take off'© Getty

A kiss for the newlyweds

Hugh and Olivia gave the crowds what they wanted, sealing their love with a kiss.

The bride even joked about the strong winds, saying she was going to “take off”.

Hugh and Olivia kiss after their wedding© James Whatling

Happily ever after

They looking blissfully happy as they were greeted with whoops and cheers from the public.

The happy couple after the nuptials© Getty

Heading to the reception

The wedding reception is taking place at Eaton Hall, the Grosvenor family’s ancestral seat, which Hugh inherited when his father Gerald passed away eight years ago. 

Hugh is the richest man in the UK under the age of 40, boasting a fortune of £10.1 billion, making him far wealthier than his friend William and his godfather King Charles. 

He amassed his wealth – his title, the family home Eaton Hall, and control of the historic Grosvenor Estate – aged 25. His property company, Grosvenor Group, of which he is Chair, owns about 300 acres of land in London’s most affluent areas, Mayfair and Belgravia, as well as major city centre developments such as Liverpool’s ONE shopping centre.

The Duke is also Chair of the Westminster Foundation, a charitable organisation that focuses on helping vulnerable youth and their families.

Prince William was all smiles as the bride and groom left the Cathedral© James Whatling

Prince William departs

Prince William was seen smiling as he left the cathedral. 

One onlooker cried out, “Best wishes to Kate,” referencing the Prince’s wife, to which he replied “Thank you” and waved.

Princess Eugenie was all smiles as the left Chester Cathedral© Getty

Princess Eugenie all smiles

His cousin Princess Eugenie, who attended without her husband Jack Brooksbank, was all smiles after the ceremony.

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