Robert Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster
|Lieutenant Colonel His Grace|
The Duke of Westminster
DSO TD JP DL
|Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh|
7 February 1977 – 19 February 1979
|Preceded by||Thomas Scott|
|Succeeded by||Viola, Duchess of Westminster|
|Member of the House of Lords|
as Duke of Westminster
25 February 1967 – 19 February 1979
|Preceded by||Gerald Grosvenor|
|Succeeded by||Gerald Grosvenor|
|Member of Parliament|
for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
2 September 1955 – 15 October 1964
|Preceded by||Philip Clarke|
|Succeeded by||Marquess of Hamilton|
Robert George Grosvenor|
24 April 1910
19 February 1979 (aged 68)|
Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
Leonora Anson, Countess of Lichfield|
Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
Jane Innes-Ker, Duchess of Roxburghe
Lord Hugh Grosvenor|
Lady Mabel Crichton
Eaton Hall, Cheshire |
Ely Lodge, Enniskillen
|Occupation||British Army officer and politician|
|Awards||Efficiency Decoration and clasp (TD)|
|Years of service||1938–1960|
11th (City of London) Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade |
City of London Yeomanry
North Irish Horse
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Lieutenant-Colonel Robert George Grosvenor, 5th Duke of Westminster, DSO, TD, JP, DL (24 April 1910 – 19 February 1979) was a British soldier, landowner, businessman and politician. In the 1970s he was the richest man in Britain.
Grosvenor was born Robert Grosvenor, the son of Lord Hugh Grosvenor, sixth son and tenth child of Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster by his second wife, the Honourable Katherine Cavendish, daughter of William Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham. His mother, Lady Mabel Crichton, was the daughter of John Crichton, 4th Earl Erne.
He was educated at Eton College, an all-boys public boarding school in Berkshire. He was a member of the school's contingent of the junior division of the Officer Training Corps. He reached the rank of cadet lance corporal.
On 28 June 1938, Grosvenor was commissioned into the 11th (City of London Yeomanry) Light Anti-Aircraft Brigade, a newly formed Territorial Army unit of the Royal Artillery, as a second lieutenant. He ended World War II as a war substantive major.
On 1 May 1947, he transferred to the reformed City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders) and was promoted from his pre-war substantive rank of second lieutenant to major with seniority from 24 April 1944. His service number was 76151. He transferred to the North Irish Horse on 1 May 1949. On 11 November 1949, he was awarded the Efficiency Decoration (TD) for long service with the Territorial Army. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on 15 February 1953. He was awarded a clasp to his Efficiency Decoration on 26 October 1954. On 14 February 1956, he moved from the Active List to the Territorial Army Reserve of Officers. He resigned his commission on 15 April 1960 and was permitted to retain the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In the 1955 general election, he was elected to Parliament as member for Fermanagh & South Tyrone. Re-elected in 1959, he retired in 1964, he was succeeded by his cousin, the Marquess of Hamilton. In parliament he stuck mainly to constituency issues, but was responsible for a bill to help increase adoptions, which became the Adoption Act 1964. He was described in his successor's maiden speech as popular and well-liked.
- Lady Leonora Mary Grosvenor (b. 1 February 1949). She married Thomas Patrick Anson, 5th Earl of Lichfield on 8 March 1975 and they were divorced in 1986. They have three children and two grandsons.
- Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster (22 December 1951 – 9 August 2016). He married Natalia Phillips on 7 October 1978. They had four children and six grandchildren.
- Lady Jane Meriel Grosvenor (b. 8 February 1953). She married Guy David Innes-Ker, 10th Duke of Roxburghe on 10 September 1977 and they were divorced in 1990. They have three children and three grandchildren. Lady Grosvenor was presented to high society as a debutante at the prestigious International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in 1971.
In 1963, his cousin died and his brother Gerald became Duke of Westminster. A Royal Warrant of Precedence was issued to allow him to adopt the style of Lord Robert Grosvenor. Upon his brother's death in 1967, Robert became 5th Duke of Westminster. Although he took his seat in the House of Lords, he never spoke, surprisingly considering his political career. Westminster was appointed honorary colonel of the North Irish Horse in 1971. He died at Ely Lodge near Enniskillen, Northern Ireland on 19 February 1979 and was buried in the churchyard of Eccleston Church near Eaton Hall, Cheshire.
Styles of address
- 1910 – 1944: Mr Robert Grosvenor
- 1944 – 1953: Major Robert Grosvenor
- 1953 – 1955: Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Grosvenor
- 1955 - 1963: Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Grosvenor MP
- 1963 – 1964: Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Robert Grosvenor MP
- 1964 – 1967: Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Robert Grosvenor
- 1967 – 1979: Lieutenant-Colonel His Grace The Duke of Westminster
- "No. 34527". The London Gazette. 1 July 1938. p. 4245.
- "No. 38119". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 November 1947. p. 5294.
- "No. 38641". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 1949. p. 2990.
- "No. 38757". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 November 1949. p. 5351.
- "No. 39781". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 February 1953. p. 1023.
- "No. 40307". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 October 1954. p. 6049.
- "No. 40744". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 March 1956. p. 1954.
- "No. 42043". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 May 1960. p. 3726.
- "No. 1593". The Belfast Gazette. 4 January 1952. p. 2.
- "The Non-Sovereign Princely and Ducal Houses of Europe Volume III - WII". Almanach de Gotha. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
- Times, NY. "66 Young Women Presented At International Debutante Ball". New York Times. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Duke of Westminster
- 5th Duke of Westminster
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Marquess of Hamilton
Thomas Patrick David Scott
| Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh
The Duchess of Westminster
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Duke of Westminster