It will probably be some time before fans of the royals can look forward to the next big royal wedding. Princess Beatrice recently married, but the wedding took place in a small circle due to the corona pandemic. It could still be a while before the younger generation of the royal family walks down the aisle. But next June there will be a wedding in Great Britain that is very close to a royal wedding.
On June 7th, Hugh Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, and his fiancée, Olivia Henson, will tie the knot. And the guest list reads like a who's who of blue bloods. King Charles and his wife Camilla are even expected to be the godfather of the groom. William, the Prince of Wales, is rumored to be at Grosvenor's side as best man. And Prince George (Grosvenor's godson) could also be part of the ceremony as a page. However, the Sussexes, Harry and Meghan, will not be there.
Hugh Grosvenor was for a long time one of the most desirable and mysterious bachelors in the country until he proposed to Olivia Henson in the spring of 2023. Overnight, the now 32-year-old became one of the richest people in the world in 2016 after his father, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, died unexpectedly of a heart attack. The Grosvenors' fortune is estimated at £9.8 billion, with Hugh Grosvenor as the only son being the main heir and administrator. According to the Daily Mail, he and his family members own around 300 hectares of land in the most expensive areas of London, as well as several properties in the country and a rare art collection.
However, ostentation and boasting are largely alien to the young aristocrat. The couple's engagement photo was taken unpretentiously in the garden, with Grosvenor wearing a shirt with the sleeves rolled up and Henson wearing baggy trousers.
And instead of going to the elite St. Andrews University in Scotland like his good friend William, he got a degree in landscape management at Newcastle University. He stays out of the public eye as much as possible. He got a lot of press attention mainly because of his connections with the Royal Family - and because of a lavish birthday party. Grosvenor's 21st birthday is said to have cost almost six million euros. Under the motto “Evening wear and neon”, Prince Harry (and 800 other guests) celebrated with the birthday child.
The upcoming wedding will probably be similarly big. Grosvenor and Henson exchange vows in Chester Cathedral, where Grosvenor's sister also got married. The bride's family is a little less well-off but still far from having financial problems. Olivia Henson is the daughter of a stockbroker and has aristocratic ancestors herself. As a teenager, she attended Marlborough College, where Princess Kate was also a student. For a semester there, parents have to pay a mere 15,665 pounds.
And so the young couple's marriage is the event on the calendar of every member of British high society - and the Royal Family.
Sources: Daily Mail / Tatler
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