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William arrives at Duke of Westminster’s wedding – without Kate – The Mirror

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Prince William and Princess Eugenie have arrived at Hugh Grosvenor‘s wedding.

William will serve as an usher to his close friend the Duke of Westminster, who is set to marry his fiancée Olivia Henson in Chester Cathedral today in what has been dubbed the society wedding of the year. Huge crowds have gathered outside the venue as excitement mounts in the area.

The Princess of Wales, who has been out of the spotlight as she undergoes treatment for cancer, is not expected to attend. The King, the groom’s godfather, and Queen are not due to be at the ceremony either, having been at D-Day commemorations in France on Thursday.

The 33-year-old groom is the richest person under the age of 40 in the UK, and the 14th wealthiest person overall, boasting an immense £10billion fortune – making him wealthier than his godfather King Charles. The Duke’s godson, Prince George, will also reportedly play a “prominent” role at the lavish ceremony.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry and the Duke of Westminster have came to a “mutual” understanding that he will not be attending his wedding, it has been claimed. It was previously reported that the Duke of Sussex turned down a “save the date” invite to avoid an “awkward” encounter with family members he is no longer on good terms with who are due to attend.

This comes after a source told Express that Harry was “triggered” to decline the invitation when he got word about William taking on the big role of being an usher at the wedding. The source said: “William was asked to take up a leading role in the wedding and that’s what triggered Harry to decline an invitation. It was the final nail in the coffin.”

Following along with our live updates below

Gone with the wind

Olivia Henson got caught in a gust of wind as she arrived at her wedding.

Olivia Henson’s veil gets blown in the wind (PA)

Dramatic photos show the bride’s white blusher veil blowing around as she was helped by a woman in purple before entering Chester Cathedral to marry the Duke of Westminster.

Olivia wore a traditional white dress and a tiara that has been in the Grosvenor family since 1906.

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Bride Olivia Henson wears Grosvenor family Faberge Tiara

Miss Olivia Henson wore the Fabergé Myrtle Leaf Tiara to her wedding ceremony with the Duke of Westminster this afternoon. This tiara has reportedly been with the Grosvenors since its creation in 1906.

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Bride Olivia Henson arrives to attend her wedding to the Duke of Westminster (AFP via Getty Images)

In 2004, Lady Tamara Grosvenor, daughter of the 6th Duke, married Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem and, as per tradition, wore the famous Fabergé Myrtle Wreath Tiara for the wedding ceremony.

Olivia Henson arrives to marry Duke of Westminster in luxury Bentley

Olivia Henson was chauffeured in a luxury 8-Litre Bentley to her wedding to Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, at Chester Cathedral this afternoon.

The vintage Bentley was made for the founder of Bentley Motors in 1930.

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The Bentley Olivia Henson arrived in (Dave Benett/Getty Images for Ben)

Bride Olivia Henson is all smiles as she arrives to her wedding 

Miss Olivia Henson has been pictured smiling to crowds as she prepares to join the Duke of Westminster for their wedding ceremony at Chester Cathedral.

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Olivia Henson arrives for her wedding to Hugh Grosvenor

She wears a traditional white dress with lace detailing, a blusher veil and pearl earrings. Olivia’s dress is by London-based designer Emma Victoria Payne.

Bride Oliva Henson arrives in Chester to marry Duke of Westminster

Miss Olivia Henson has arrived at Chester Cathedral to marry the Duke of Westminster.

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Olivia Henson has arrived to marry the Duke of Westminster (ZENPIX LTD)

Olivia and Hugh were introduced by mutual friends and dated for two years before he got down on one knee at Eaton Hall outside of Chester and popped the question. Eaton Hall has been home to the Grosvenor family since the 1400s and is where Hugh grew up.

The 31-year-old bride currently works as a senior account manager at Belazu – an environmentally friendly B-corp which imports high-quality ingredients from across Europe, such as rose harissa, preserved lemons and estate-shot venison. It is not known whether she will continue to work following her marriage.

Grooms family arrive ahead of wedding ceremony

The mother of the groom, Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, arrived to Chester Catherdral wearing a pink dress and pink fascinator.

She attends holding a book titled “C’est quoi l’amour”, which translates to “What is love?”

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Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster and mother of the groom (Samir HusseinWireImage)

She walked into the church with the groom’s three sisters, Lady Tamara Grosvenor, Lady Viola Grosvenor and Lady Edwina Grosvenor, to cheers from the crowds outside.

Duke arrives to his wedding in flashy car

The Duke of Westminster arrived to loud cheers from the crowds gathered outside Chester Cathedral as he emerged from a green Land Rover Defender.

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Hugh arrived in a Land Rover with his Best Men (AFP via Getty Images)

The groom was joined by his three best men, two of whom are old school friends from Chester, it has been reported.

Duke of Westminster arrives at venue

Hugh Grosvenor, the Duke of Westminster has arrived for his wedding at Chester Cathedral.

He was earlier pictured waving to well-wishers as emerged outside the venue to wed Miss Olivia Henson in a ceremony this afternoon.

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The Duke of Westminster arrives for his wedding at Chester Cathedral (AFP via Getty Images)

Hugh arrived at Chester Cathedral in a green Land Rover Defender as crowds cheered from outside the church. The groom is joined by his three best men, two of whom are old school friends from Chester, it has been reported.

Guests arrive in Chester ahead of lavish ceremony

Guests have been pictured outside Chester Cathedral as they arrive at the Duke of Westminster’s wedding.

Around 400 guests are expected to attend today’s ceremony.

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Guests arrive in Chester for the Duke of Westminster and Olivia Henson’s wedding (Stephen Lock / i-Images)

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Princess Eugenie makes surprise appearance

Princess Eugenie of York has arrived to attend the wedding of the Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral.

The ceremony is due to commence at 12pm.

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Princess Eugenie has arrived in Chester for the Duke’s wedding (AFP via Getty Images)

Huge crowds gather in Chester ahead of Duke’s wedding

With the Duke of Westminster set to tie the knot in just an hour from now, huge crowds of well-wishers have gathered outside Chester Cathedral as excitement mounts in the area.

Royal fans are hoping to catch a glimpse of the Prince of Wales, who is attending today’s ceremony as an usher to his close pal, the Duke of Westminster.

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Well-wishers line the streets in Chester ahead of Duke’s wedding (Getty Images)

Prince William arrives at Duke of Westminster’s wedding

The Prince of Wales has just arrived in Chester to attend the wedding of The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson.

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William is attending the wedding as an usher, and the Duke’s godson, Prince George, will also reportedly play a “prominent” role at the lavish ceremony. Meanwhile, Prince Harry and the Duke of Westminster have came to a “mutual” understanding that he would not be attending his wedding, it has been claimed.

Royal fans start to gather outside Chester Cathedral

Royal fan Johanna Boeven has come to Chester Cathedral dressed head to toe in the Union Jack flag, completing her outfit with a Princess Diana handbag.

She said she’s met many members of the Royal Family before, but is hoping particularly to see Prince William today.

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Police patrol Chester Cathedral ahead of Duke’s wedding

Police have emerged outside Chester Cathedral ahead of the Duke of Westminster’s wedding this afternoon.

Earlier, workers added greenery to the external stonework of the Cathedral’s doorway.

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Police outside Chester Cathedral ahead of the Duke’s wedding (PA)

Princess Eugenie likely to attend today’s ceremony

Princess Eugenie was spotted at Chester’s Grosvenor hotel on Thursday evening for pre-wedding drinks with guests of the Duke of Westminster, before leaving the venue at around midnight.

While her attendance at the ceremony has not been publicly confirmed, a sighting of the princess in Chester last night means it is likely she’ll observe the ceremony at Chester Cathedral at midday.

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Princess Eugenie may be making an appearance at today’s ceremony (PA)

Who is Duke of Westminster’s bride-to-be Olivia Henson?

Olivia Henson has a minimal online footprint, but we do know she was educated at the private Dragon School in Oxford, before going off to Marlborough College, whose alumni include Princess Kate and Pippa Middleton.

She then went to Ireland to study at Trinity College in Dublin, where she got a 2:1 in Hispanic Studies and Italian.

The 31-year-old currently works as a senior account manager at Belazu – an environmentally friendly B-corp which imports high-quality ingredients from across Europe, such as rose harissa, preserved lemons and estate-shot venison. It is not known whether she will continue to work following her marriage.

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Hugh Grosvenor, 33, pictured with wife-to-be Olivia Henson, 31 (Handout)

Olivia and Hugh were introduced by mutual friends and dated for two years before he popped the question. He got down on one knee at Eaton Hall outside of Chester, which has been home to the Grosvenor family since the 1400s and is where Hugh grew up.

The Duke, or ‘Hughie’ to his friends, is known for being remarkably low-maintenance – something he seems to have in common with his wife-to-be.

The Duke’s wedding is an ‘incredibly special day’

The Duke of Westminster and his bride-to-be have thanked the public for their support, adding they are looking forward to what will be an ‘incredibly special day’ for them.

Issuing a statement on their behalf, a spokesperson for the Duke of Westminster and Olivia Henson said: “This is an incredibly special day for the Duke and Miss Henson and they are very much looking forward to the service. It means a lot to them to marry in Chester Cathedral, especially given the Grosvenor family’s long and close personal connection to both the Cathedral and the city of Chester.

“The couple have also been moved by the messages of support they have received from around the region and are hugely grateful that people want to share in their happiness.”

Preparations underway for this afternoon’s ceremony

Preparations are well underway for the Duke of Westminster’s wedding ceremony, which is set to kick of at 12pm.

Temporary scaffolding has been erected outside the cathedral as workers added greenery to the external stonework. Meanwhile police are scanning the area with sniffer dogs as per usual security measures for a royal event.

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Greenery is being added to the Cathedral’s external stonework (Manchester Evening News)

Inside guestlist for ‘society wedding of the year’

It is believed that 400 guests will pack into Chester Cathedral for the wedding ceremony, which is set to kick of at noon today, including big names like Prince William and Prince George.

The happy couple’s family and friends are likely to be there including his three sisters Lady Tamara, Lady Viola and Lady Edwina, who is married to TV historian Dan Snow.

Princess Eugenie was among the guests spotted at a pre-wedding drinks in Chester’s Grosvenor hotel, but she has not been confirmed as a guest for the ceremony.

Despite having been invited, King Charles, the groom’s godfather, and Queen are not due to be at the ceremony either, having been at D-Day commemorations in France on Thursday.

The Princess of Wales, who has been out of the spotlight as she undergoes treatment for cancer, is not expected to attend.

Who is the Duke of Westminster?

Hugh Grosvenor, 33, is the richest person under the age of 40 in the UK with a net worth of £10.127bn, according to the 2024 Sunday Times Rich List.

He was born on January 29, 1991, in London and is the third of four children born to the late Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster and his wife, Natalia, also known as Tally, a descendant of George II and the Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

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Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster (Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post)

Grosvenor’s life changed back in 2016 when his father died suddenly from a heart attack. At that moment, the then 25-year-old became one of the country’s wealthiest landowners, inheriting an immense property portfolio that spans land in the capital’s most prestigious postcodes – including half of Mayfair and 300 acres of Belgravia.

The source of the immense wealth comes from The Grosvenor Group, whose holdings also include the American Embassy, estates in Scotland and Spain, Liverpool city centre, Tokyo apartment blocks, a ‘large chunk’ of Silicon Valley, and the entirety of Annacis Island, just off Vancouver.

According to Tatler, the Grosvenor family money primarily dates back to the 1600s, when they first began buying land in London.

Hugh Grosvenor is the seventh Duke of Westminster. The dukedom was given to Hugh Grosvenor, the third Marquess of Westminster, by Queen Victoria back in 1847.

Prince Harry to miss wedding while William will be usher

Prince Harry is set to miss the wedding of his close pal, the Duke of Westminster, after the pair came to a “mutual” understanding that he would not be attending, it has been reported.

Hugh Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, is a close friend of brothers William and Harry, with his wedding due to take place today at Chester Cathedral. Hugh will wed his fiancée Olivia Henson, 31, in what is considered to be the society wedding of the year.

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Harry is said to have declined his invitation to avoid awkward family encounters (Getty Images)

The 33-year-old groom, although not a royal himself, has long had close associations with the monarchy. He is the godfather of both William and Kate’s eldest son, Prince George, 10, and Harry’s son, Archie, five.

Speaking to People magazine, a source close to Harry said he declined his invitation to the wedding to avoid an awkward encounter with family members he is no longer on good terms with who are due to attend.

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