Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
|Major-General His Grace
The Duke of Westminster
KG CB CVO OBE TD CD DL
|Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
photographed by Allan Warren in 1997
|Preceded by||Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke|
22 December 1951 |
Omagh, Northern Ireland
|Spouse(s)||Natalia née Phillips|
|Parents||Robert Grosvenor (deceased)
Viola née Lyttelton (deceased)
|Residence||Eaton Hall, Cheshire|
|Born||22 December 1951|
|Years of service||1973–2012|
|Unit||North Irish Horse|
|Commands held||Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), 2004–2007
Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves), 2011–2012
|Awards||Knight of the Order of the Garter
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Canadian Forces Decoration (Canada)
Major-General Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, KG CB CVO OBE TD CD DL (born 22 December 1951), is a British military officer and the son of Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster, and his wife Hon. Viola Maud Lyttelton. He is the owner of property company Grosvenor Group.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List 2013, the Duke of Westminster is worth £7.8 billion, placing him eighth in the list and making him the third richest British-born person after British-Indian born David and Simon Reuben.
Via Grosvenor Estates, the Duke is the richest property developer in the United Kingdom and one of the country's largest landowners, with vast estates in Oxford, Cheshire and Scotland, as well as large areas of Mayfair and Belgravia in central London.
In 1973 he entered Sandhurst and subsequently commanded the North Irish Horse, the Cheshire Yeomanry Squadron, founded by his ancestors, and the Queen's Own Yeomanry. He was also appointed the Honorary Colonel of several Regiments, including the 7th Regt. Army Air Corps, the Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry, the Queen's Own Yeomanry, Northumbrian Universities Officer Training Corps, Colonel in Chief of the Canadian Royal Westminster Regiment, the North Irish Horse and Colonel Commandant Yeomanry.
The Duke was Grand Prior of the Priory of England for the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, 1995–2001.
In 2004 the Duke was appointed to the new post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets), with promotion to the rank of Major-General.
In March 2007, having served in the Ministry of Defence as Assistant CDS for four years, he handed over responsibility for 50,000 Reservists and 138,000 Cadets to Major-General Simon Lalor, in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal in which he was implicated. The Duke became Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves) in May 2011. He retired in 2012.
He was appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) for his military service in the 2008 Birthday Honours. He is also an Honorary Vice President of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), and a member of the International Advisory Board of the RUSI.
The Duke of Westminster married Natalia Ayesha Phillips, the daughter of Lt Col. Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips and his wife Georgina Wernher, in 1978. His wife is a direct descendant of the Russian poet Alexander S. Pushkin and therefore of his African ancestor Ibrahim Hannibal as well as of King George II, making her distantly in line to the British throne. Their children are:
- Lady Tamara Katherine Grosvenor (b. 20 December 1979), married Edward Bernard Charles van Cutsem (6 November 2004), with two sons, Jake Louis Hannibal van Cutsem (b. 2009) and Louis Hugh Lupus van Cutsem (b. 17 April 2012).
- Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor (b. 4 November 1981), a god-daughter of Princess Diana, married Daniel Robert Snow (27 November 2010). The couple have a daughter, Zia Snow (b. 2011).
- Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor (b. 29 January 1991), the Duke's heir apparent. The Earl is one of Prince George of Cambridge's seven godparents.
- Lady Viola Georgina Grosvenor (b. 12 October 1992)
Titles and styles
- Gerald Grosvenor, Esq (1951–67)
- Earl Grosvenor (1967–79)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster (1979–82)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster DL (1982–94)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster TD DL (1994–95)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster OBE TD DL (1995–2003)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster KG OBE TD DL (2003–04)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster KG OBE TD CD DL (2004–08)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster KG CB OBE TD CD DL (2008–12)
- His Grace The Duke of Westminster KG CB CVO OBE TD CD DL (2012–Present)
- 20 February 1979 Baronet, 15th Baronet of Eaton (cr. 1621)
- 1991 Knight of the Order of St John
- 1995 Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- 2003 Knight of the Order of the Garter (KG)
- 2008 Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB)
- 2012 Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO)
- 6 February 1977 Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal
- 6 February 2002 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
- 6 February 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
- 29 May 2012 Volunteer Reserves Service Medal
- 1995 Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Lazarus, (House of Orléans)
- 2006 Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I, (House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies)
- 1982 Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire (DL)
Honorary military appointments
- Honorary Colonel The Queen's Own Yeomanry
- Honorary Colonel 7th Regt. Army Air Corps
- Colonel-in-Chief Royal Westminster Regiment, New Westminster, BC, Canada
- Honorary Colonel Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps
- Honorary Colonel Northumbrian Universities Officer Training Corps
|Ancestors of Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster|
- Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff steps down, Daily Mail, Retrieved 2012-03-31.
- "Defence Viewpoints". Retrieved 16 April 2012.
- The London Gazette: . 16 June 2012.
- Louis Hugh Lupus van Cutsem, Peerage News, Retrieved 2012-06-14.
- "Diana's godchildren". Daily Mail.
- Saad, Nardine (23 October 2013). "Prince George christened; William and Kate name seven godparents". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Duke of Westminster
- Debrett's People of Today
- Sunday Times Rich List 2009
- Forbes.com: Forbes World's Richest People
- Institution of Environmental Sciences
- 6th Duke of Westminster
|New title||Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets)
|New title||Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves)
|New title||Chancellor of the University of Chester
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
|Duke of Westminster
|Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom|
The Duke of Abercorn
His Grace The Duke of Westminster
The Duke of Fife