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Road closures, free ice cream and thousands of flowers: Chester prepares for “Britain’s poshest wedding” – Yahoo News UK

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Thousands of well-wishers are expected to line the streets of Chester tomorrow for the wedding of one of Britain’s richest men. The Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, is to marry Olivia Henson in what is being billed as “the society wedding of the year”.

Royalty and VIPs are expected to be on the guestlist for the wedding, which will take place at Chester Cathedral on Friday, June 7. A number of roads have been closed around the city centre amid a huge security operation to plan for the high profile event.

The Duke’s estate is valued at over £10billion, making him the richest man under 40 in the UK. He is one of the country’s biggest landowners, with thousands of acres across Cheshire, Lancashire and is said to own “half of Mayfair” in London.

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The couple have previously announced that once married they plan to set up home in Cheshire, at the Duke’s sprawling Eaton Hall country estate near Chester. The countryside retreat is set to host the wedding party after the formal wedding service on Friday at 12 noon.

Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, will marry Olivia Henson on June 7 -Credit:Duke of Westminster/PA

Hugh Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, will marry Olivia Henson on June 7 -Credit:Duke of Westminster/PA

The event, dubbed “Britain’s poshest wedding” has sparked feverish excitement among local residents too. Thousands are set to line the city’s streets on Friday to wait for the arrival of guests and the wedding party to the historic Chester Cathedral.

Guests are set to include Prince William, who is thought to be an usher at the wedding as one of the Duke’s close friends. The Duke is godfather to Princes George and Prince Louis and to Harry’s son Archie.

To say their thanks to well-wishers, the Duke and Miss Henson have also paid for free ICE CREAMS to be available to those heading into the city centre to watch the arrivals on Friday.

They’ve also paid for more than 100,000 flowers which have been planted in displays across the city adorning the historic Rows.

A spokesperson for The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson said: “The floral displays are a wonderful addition to the vibrancy of the city each summer, making the town centre awash with colour from locally grown flowers.

The flowers being planted across Chester after donations from the Duke and Miss Henson -Credit:Chester BIDThe flowers being planted across Chester after donations from the Duke and Miss Henson -Credit:Chester BID

The flowers being planted across Chester after donations from the Duke and Miss Henson -Credit:Chester BID

“While ordinarily the Summer Flowers project is funded by the Chester BID, The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson have sponsored this year’s displays as part of local celebrations of their marriage at the Cathedral on 7 June.

“They are very grateful for all the support and kind wishes they have received from people and organisations ahead of their wedding.”

As for the floral display inside the Cathedral, we’ve been given a clue that there will be a forestry theme with huge displays being taken inside the historic building yesterday and today.

There is also a leafy arch being created in one of the main entrances into the Cathedral.

It is set to be a lush and leafy theme at the wedding -Credit:Manchester Evening NewsIt is set to be a lush and leafy theme at the wedding -Credit:Manchester Evening News

It is set to be a lush and leafy theme at the wedding -Credit:Manchester Evening News

The couple are also keen to thank well-wishers who plan on lining the streets on Friday.

For from 10am on Friday, people will be able to get a free ice cream or gelato from one of three established city centre ice cream shops – Cheshire Farm Ice Cream at Chester Market, Diddy Donuts underneath the Eastgate Clock and Krum Gelato on Watergate Street.

Craig Fermor, owner of Diddy Donuts, said: “It’s a lovely touch from the couple and will put a lot of smiles on faces. We wish The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson all the best for the big day and hope they enjoy many happy years together.”

A number of road closures are now in force across Chester city centre until 5pm on Friday in readiness for the wedding, which is set to be attended by some 400 guests. Motorists are being urged to avoid the city centre, however, pedestrian accesss is to be maintained at all times.

The Duke, 33, and Olivia, 30, first announced they were to marry last year. A brief statement released at the time said: “The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson are delighted to announce they are engaged to be married.

Eaton Hall in Cheshire, home of the Duke of Westminster -Credit:Chester ChronicleEaton Hall in Cheshire, home of the Duke of Westminster -Credit:Chester Chronicle

Eaton Hall in Cheshire, home of the Duke of Westminster -Credit:Chester Chronicle

“The couple, who have been together for two years, recently became engaged at the Duke’s family home at Eaton Hall in Cheshire. Members of both their families are absolutely delighted with the news.”

They later announced the reason for chosing Chester Cathedral for their wedding ceremony.

A spokesperson said: “The couple have chosen the cathedral for both its beauty and long association with the Grosvenor family, including to the Duke personally. Cheshire is the Grosvenor family’s ancestral home and as Miss Henson’s connection to the region continues to grow, they are keen to plan their wedding there.

“The Duke and Miss Henson became engaged at Eaton Hall in April and have been incredibly grateful for the warm messages of congratulations they have received since then.”

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