Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor to quit London for Chester after he marries

Hugh Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster)
Hugh Grosvenor (Duke of Westminster)

The Duke of Westminster, who owns some of the capital’s most valuable land, will move from London to Chester as he marries his fiancee.

Hugh Grosvenor — The 7th Duke of Westminster — was long considered to be Britain’s most eligible bachelor, but he will marry Olivia Henson at Chester Cathedral next month.

The June 7 wedding could see King Charles, Queen Camilla, the Prince of Wales, and Hugh's godson, Prince George, attend.

Speaking to local paper the Chester Standard, the couple revealed they planned to move to Chester.

“I'm unbelievably excited and I also wanted to make it very clear how unbelievably helpful people have been, how supportive they've been so far, which I'm unbelievably grateful for because I do realise that it's going to be a big, big thing for the city,” the duke said.

"It's going to be certainly a huge thing for us, and we're grateful for all the help really."

Asked about the decision to have the ceremony at Chester Cathedral, Ms Henson said: "It's obviously a place where we will live.

“We'll be building our lives together and we're slowly transitioning to move up from London and be much more permanent here and really putting roots down.

“So yes, it was a really easy decision in the end."

Ms Henson, 30, works as an account manager for Belazu, a B-Corp certified food company based in London.

The duke, who inherited his title and the Grosvenor Estate in 2016 after his father died, runs the Grosvenor Group Limited, a global property company which owns swathes of London’s most exclusive postcodes.

He is estimated to be worth £9.73 billion.

The Grosvenor family have long been close with the royals, with the duke’s mother, Natalia, being Prince William’s godmother.

Hugh is one of King Charles’ 33 godchildren, with the monarch, then the Prince of Wales, attending his 1991 christening.

Then, in 2013, the duke was also chosen as one of Prince George’s godfathers.