Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, has died today, August 9, at the age of 64. His wife Natalia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, is Prince William‘s godmother. Prince Charles is godfather to his son Hugh Grosvenor, now 7th Duke of Westminster, who is Prince George‘s godfather.
The 6th Duke of Westminster died at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire having suddenly become ill on his Abbeystead Estate.
A spokeswoman for the Grosvenors said: “His family are all aware and they ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time. No further comment will be made for the time being but further information will follow in due course.”
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that Her Majesty the Queen is aware of the news about the Duke of Westminster. A message of condolence is being sent by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.”
A Clarence House spokeswoman said The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are “deeply shocked and greatly saddened” by the sudden death of their friend the Duke of Westminster.
Among properties across the UK Grosvenor owned 190 acres in Belgravia in London with a fortune estimated at $10.8bn (£8.3bn). Among his many Orders he was a Knight of the Order of the Garter (the highest Order in the UK).
Between the high profile deaths, the mass shootings, and the craziness in the political sphere this year has been a roller coaster, and we’ve still got a little less than five months to go.
My condolences to the Grosvenors. Gerald Grosvenor was only 64. His son Hugh, now Duke of Westminster, is only 25 (younger than the Queen when she ascended). In comparison, The Queen is 90, Charles is 67, and William is 34.