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The wedding of the year, 1978: The Earl of Grosvenor and Natalia Phillips smile outside St Mary’s Church, Luton, on their big day

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17 October 1978 – cordially invited crowds gathered for one of the year’s most exclusive society weddings. When Gerald Grosvenor watched his bride, Natalia Phillips, walk down the aisle at St Mary’s Church in Luton, it was the happy culmination of a whirlwind romance. Earl Grosvenor would succeed to the title of 6h Duke of Westminster after the death of his father four months later, and the couple would inherit the now £10 billion Grosvenor fortune. Now, 46 years later, their only son, Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, will tie the knot to Olivia Henson in Chester Cathedral. Ahead of the ‘society wedding of the year’ this week, Tatler looks back on the inspirations that the Duke of Westminster might take from his parents.

Many royal fans have been theorising about the guest list of this week’s wedding: Will the King attend? (He will not.) Why won’t Prince Harry be there? (Recollections may vary.) Will crowds shout ‘marry me William’ at the Prince of Wales like they did at Lady Tamara Grosvenor’s wedding ten years ago? (Unlikely, but not impossible.) The dearly beloved gathered for Earl Grosvenor and Natalia Phillips’ big day included the most illustrious names in European royalty: Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Prince George and Princess Anne of Denmark, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Lord Mountbatten of Burma, whose granddaughter, India Hicks, served as a bridesmaid.

Hugh Grosvenor will marry at Chester Cathedral, near his childhood home of Eaton Hall. His parents, though, chose to say ‘I do’ closer to the bride’s family seat, Luton Hoo. Natalia was, after all, born into aristocratic stock: her great-grandfather was Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia. This lineage means that her siblings, including Alexandra Hamilton, Duchess of Abercorn and songwriter Marita Knight, can trace their lineage back to the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

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