Prince William and Kate Middleton attended the memorial service for the 6th Duke of Westminster at Chester Cathedral yesterday, November 28. They joined Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Kent, Princess Alexandra, Prince Michael of Kent, and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.
Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, died on August 9 at the age of 64 at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire after suffering a heart attack on his Abbeystead Estate. Grosvenor is survived by his wife Natalia Grosvenor (who is Prince William’s godmother), his son Hugh Grosvenor, now 7th Duke of Westminster (who is Prince George’s godfather, and whose godfather is Prince Charles), and three daughters: Lady Tamara van Cutsem, Lady Edwina Snow, and Lady Viola Grosvenor.
The memorial service was held in front of some 1,400 mourners and was led by the Dean of Chester. Lady Edwina led the tributes by reading a personal poem titled ‘A letter to my father’. Hugh read Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If’. William also gave a reading, performing the Garter Prayer (part of the annual service for Knights of the Order of the Garter).
Kate wore a bunch of repeats to the memorial service: bespoke velvet patchwork Alexander McQueen coat from Remembrance Sunday 2015; John Boyd hat from Remembrance Sunday 2016; Mascaro/Pretty Ballerinas velvet bow clutch debuted in 2011, most recently worn to Festival of Remembrance 2016; Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps worn several times this year; and the Queen’s Diamond Stud and Pearl Drop Earrings worn a couple times this year.