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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, OBE 1951-2016

_.The 6th Duke of Westminster, KG, OBE, died suddenly from a heart attack, at Preston, Lancashire, 9 Aug, 2016. He was 64.

Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor was born 22 Dec, 1951, at Omagh, Northern Ireland, son of the 5th Duke of Westminster, by his wife the former Hon Viola Maud Lyttelton (d 1987), and succeeded his father in the dukedom, 19 Feb, 1979.

The 6th duke was also Marquess of Westminster, Earl Grosvenor, Viscount Belgrave and Baron Grosvenor, and a baronet.

He married 7 Oct, 1978, Natalia Ayesha Phillips (b 1959), a descendant of the Royal House of Romanov, a daughter of Lt-Col Harold Pedro Joseph Phillips, by his wife the former Georgina Wernher, scion of the now extinct Wernher baronets. Georgina's grandfather was HIH Grand Duke Michael of Russia.

The Duke of Westminster is survived by his wife and four children, Hugh, styled Earl Grosvenor, Lady Tamara van Cutsem, Lady Edwina Snow, and Lady Viola Grosvenor. The family honours and vast wealth of the Grosvenor family now pass to the duke's only son, Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, Earl Grosvenor, who was born 29 January, 1991.

The 7th Duke stood as sponsor at the baptism of HRH Prince George of Cambridge in 2013.

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