Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster

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Major-General His Grace
The Duke of Westminster
KG CB CVO OBE TD CD DL
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Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster

photographed by Allan Warren in 1997

Preceded by Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke
Personal details
Born (1951-12-22) 22 December 1951 (age 62)
Omagh, Northern Ireland
Spouse(s) Natalia née Phillips
Parents Robert Grosvenor (deceased)
Viola née Lyttelton (deceased)
Residence Eaton Hall, Cheshire
Website www.grosvenorestate.com
Military service
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major-General
Born (1951-12-22) 22 December 1951 (age 62)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1973–2012
Rank Major-General
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
Territorial Decoration
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.[1]

He was educated at Harrow School and RMA Sandhurst. In 2005, he was elected Chancellor of the University of Chester.

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.

Military career[edit]

After leaving Harrow with two O-levels,[2] then Earl Grosvenor, he joined the Territorial Army in 1970 as a trooper.

The Duke behind his desk in 1988

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.[3]

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.[4] The Duke became Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves) in May 2011.[5] 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.

He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for his service as a member of the Council of the Duchy of Cornwall.[6]

Personal life[edit]

As a child the Duke lived on an island in the middle of Lough Erne. His early education was in Northern Ireland before attending Sunningdale School and Harrow School.

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).[7]
  • Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor (b. 4 November 1981), a god-daughter of Princess Diana,[8] 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.[9]
  • Lady Viola Georgina Grosvenor (b. 12 October 1992)

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 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)
Orders
Decorations
Medals

'Dynastic orders

Appointments

Honorary military appointments[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of the Duke of Westminster (House of Grosvenor)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]


Military offices
New title Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets)
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Simon Lalor
New title Deputy Commander Land Forces (Reserves)
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Ranald Munro
Academic offices
New title Chancellor of the University of Chester
2005–present
Incumbent
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Robert Grosvenor
Duke of Westminster
1979–present
Incumbent
Heir apparent:
Hugh Grosvenor
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Duke of Abercorn
Gentlemen
His Grace The Duke of Westminster
Succeeded by
The Duke of Fife